Hi there, my night sky astro-buddies!
As we all know, the weather has been typical for late-October, with cold temps, rain, a bit of snow and wind, punctuated by spectacularly beautiful days.
Since our night sky viewing days are limited by inclement weather, it makes us really appreciate the clear nights when the sky puts on a great show.
By the way, the Moon was Full on Oct. 27.
Also, don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour the morning of Nov. 1 for the return to Eastern Standard Time.
As the Moon starts to diminish in the weeks ahead, spend some time orienting yourself with the night sky, using your navigation skills and the names of the larger, more prominent constellations. You can even go ahead and memorize the names of the brighter stars. Try and knowing the night sky well enough that you can easily tell the cardinal direction you are looking at (East, West, North or South).
The constellation of Taurus rises in the east around 9 p.m. and is much higher in the sky by midnight, and is easy to find. The “eyes” of the Bull are dominated by two bright stars—the red star Aldebaran is the eastern most one. The constellation of the Pleiades (the “Seven Sisters”) is directly above Taurus in the eastern sky, so it’s an easy constellation to find.