It’s October, and with the new month comes several opportunities for night sky watching. Some of these events are annual occurrences, while others are much more unique. Grab a sweater and find some dark sky this month and you’re sure to be pleased. This is a great activity for all and kids can share their experiences in class.
Let’s start with the rising of the full harvest moon on Oct. 1. The moon will appear to have an orange glow as it rises just above the horizon in the east. Even though the moon is technically full on the 1st, there will be a negligible difference as it rises on Oct. 2 and even on Oct. 3. This is the time of year when the moon doesn’t fall as far below the horizon after it sets, so the gap between moonrise is smaller and therefore we get several nights where