Here are the Moon phases in the Northern hemisphere for October 2011 and other interesting things of note in the sky.
4th October: First Quarter
12th October: Full Moon
20th October: Last Quarter
26th October: New Moon
Keep an eye out for Jupiter. The ‘king’ planet is visible in the evening sky throughout the month of October.
A good constellation to find at this time of year is Pegasus, the winged-horse of Greek mythology. It contains the asterism, The Great Square of Pegasus, which is a set of 4 stars (Alpheratz, Scheat, Algenib and Markab) forming the body of horse and are easy to find given a clear night, even in the city. To find it at its highest point, look South and up around 10.30pm.
Here’s the view given a clear night sky from Glasgow shortly after midnight on 12th October 2011. Looking South you can see the Moon and the planet Jupiter.
In the view below from Glasgow looking South, you can see Jupiter. The 20th October is the date of the New Moon – the best night to stargaze if the skies are clear given the absence of refelected light from the Moon.
World Space Week
Between the 4th and 10th of October every year it’s World Space Week which sees a huge number of public events around the world celebrating how space travel and technology have contributed to our lives.
Explore the beauty and intrigue of Space through Science, Arts and Music! Get down to Glasgow Science Centre for Capture Space – a weekend of astro-fun in celebration of World Space week on the 8th & 9th of October 2011.
Draconids Meteor Storm
Saturday 8th October could provide a great chance to see a meteor storm with this year’s Draconids. Read all about it over at Dark Sky Diary.