After the astronomically busy Halloween, November 2020 starts off the colder months with a bang. This month’s full moon gives us a prenumbral lunar eclipse, while Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon give us a show on the 19th. Even if the weather is cold, hopefully that means clear night skies for stargazing!
October starts with the year’s Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox. Halloween 2020 will be illuminated with a Blue Moon, the second full moon of this month. Even if you cannot attend the usual autumn festivities in person, there are plenty of celestial celebrations to watch at night.
While the Earth is at an equilibrium axial tilt, we should try to take a moment and find equilibrium for ourselves. It is time to reflect, but also look ahead to the new year. While the growing season comes to an end, let’s prepare for 2021 and what new eldritch horror awaits us. In the mean time, enjoy these new moon phase calendars!
After the excitement of the NEOWISE Comet, August brings us a meteor shower encore. Most notably, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be at its peak during the early mornings of August 11th – 13th, but will be viewable for the week before and after. That’s not all! August is packed with great astrophotography opportunities.
This month is full of meteor showers and even another lunar eclipse! We appear to be in eclipse season as we add another one to last month’s two. On July 5th, the full moon will enter a penumbral lunar eclipse. The Earth will be at Aphelion to celebrate Independence day on the 4th of July. There’s much more phenomena to discover in the night skies in July 2020.
Wednesday’s SpaceX Crew Dragon launch was postponed until this Saturday! Click here to learn more.
Astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, and the computing associated with it are some of the hottest topics in science right now. Soon we may see the first manned space mission launched by a private company, and we are entering a new solar minimum era. We keep discovering more and more about what happens off of this planet. If you would like to keep up, here is where to start.
The first manned, commercial spaceship will be launched on Tuesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in a joint effort from NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The Crew Dragon capsule will then rendezvous with the International Space Station, the first American manned space fight since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011. Learn more about the launch and how to watch.