Moonlight is at its brightest. Let’s celebrate that by giving it some attention during this lunation. Copernicus, a magnificent, isolated crater with terraced walls, is regarded by many as the Moon’s most handsome feature. It’s now at its best.
Consider Andromeda: When our sister galaxy’s one trillion stars collide with us in four billion years, no stars will make contact and nothing bad will happen.
Monday, Nov. 11: It lasts over seven hours, with the middle of the transit happening at around 10:30 a.m., when the Sun isn’t too low. The Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association will set up the correct instruments.
Since cold air can hold just one-thirtieth as much water vapor as very warm air, the substance we breathe is becoming desiccated.
This setup typically lets cold polar air pour into the Northeast, and can set the stage for early snowstorms.
Saturday, October 5: There’s even a backup plan in case of clouds. Saturn and the Moon will be just as nice one night earlier and for several nights later, though they won’t be next to each other any other evening. If you have any kind of telescope, this weekend is the time to drag it out.
Halos are the poor person’s Weather Channel: a time-honored harbinger of bad weather.
Some say summer ends in a few days. Others say we have a few more weeks. A look at those and other ways to reckon the seasons.
Project Apollo had a million things that could have gone wrong.
As for the “first-born son has a higher chance for success” notion, the Apollo astronauts would seem to support such a thesis strongly, since 27 of the 29 were eldest sons.