Moon Phases – October 2011

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.

The Great Square of Pegasus

The Great Square of Pegasus, an asterism made of the stars Alpheratz, Scheat, Algenib and Markab.



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.

The early morning sky looking South shortly after midnight on 12 October 2011 from Glasgow

The early morning sky looking South shortly after midnight on 12 October 2011 from Glasgow

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.

The sky, looking South, at midnight on 26th into 27th October 2011 from Glasgow

The sky, looking South, at midnight on 26th into 27th October 2011 from Glasgow


World Space Week

World Space Week

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.


Capture Space
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.


Happy stargazing!

About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.
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  1. Thank you for all information here on this blog. Looking forward to see this on October 12.

  2. Thanks for your comment Dornz- I’m glad you like the blog.

    The image for October 12th is the view from Glasgow in Scotland, however, you will see Jupiter and the Moon from Thailand too – just from a different angle than here in Scotland and I reckon you can probably see them now to the East or South East as I write this given the time difference.

    Jupiter will be visible in the night sky for the next few months – it looks very bright and won’t appear to twinkle compared to the stars around about it.

  3. I totally happy to find this marvelous blog. I won’t know that I can see Jupiter by eyes or when will i will see it. And finally I saw it. and I’m so much exciting following all my friends around. Thank you very much to make us able to see Jupiter even though it’s so tiny. but it’s so bright. I have did take the picture of it. You may able to see it here. . I hope the picture i took is Jupiter. because of it’s brightness. and I can’t see any other stars around. and also the vdo. just finish uploading. the moon was over my head. so i just straight look up to the sky and i see moon and one bright star which I think it is Jupiter. location i’m standing is 8.084979,98.745332 from google maps. Once again. Thank you again Mr. Derek for giving such an awesome knowledge to us :).

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  5. Great pictures and video! Looks to me like you definately caught Jupiter and the Moon together – the weather in Scotland hasn’t been that good for stargazing the last few days (too many clouds)… so, thanks for sharing 🙂

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  7. Thank you very much. Can you see them now? I’ve been seeing Jupiter everyday. including last night. How long will it appear in the sky? and you do mention Uranus and Neptune in the sky. will it also able to see by naked eyes?

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