The new stargazing season has begun, which will be incredible. The spring equinox on Tuesday marks the beginning of autumn or fall in the northern hemisphere, and it is now spring below the equator.
Both seasons will stop on December 22, 2020 when the winter solstice occurs. So, in the next three months, for our stargazers, has the night sky been lined up?
This is the ultimate guide for you to watch in this new season:
Thursday, October 1
, 2020: The complete “Harvest Month”
Today, the “reaping moon” will rise at dusk in the east. It was officially fully loaded at 5:05 pm Eastern Time, but please try to see the full effect when it lifts off the moon.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Draconis meteor shower
Today is the pinnacle of the Draconids, and the date is a meteor shower produced by the dust and debris left by Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner in the solar system every year. Very convenient. This was the only “Meteor” exhibition with the best performance after sunset that year. It is estimated that there will be about 10 meteors per hour.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Mars is in opposition
Tonight, Mars will be the closest to Earth. Therefore, it will appear to be the largest, brightest, best year of the year, and technically, the best since 2003. OpposeWhen the red planet is fully illuminated by the sun, it is the best time to observe and photograph Mars until the next opposition on December 8, 2022.
October 21-22, 2020, Wednesday to Thursday: Orionid meteor shower
From the last hangover that Halley’s Comet entered the solar system tonight, you can see the peak of the Orionids meteor shower. It should look best after midnight, when about 20 meteors per hour should be seen in the moonless sky.
Saturday, October 31, 2020: The complete “Halloween Hunter’s Blue Moon”
The second full moon of the month (defined as the “blue moon”) will occur on the night of Halloween. Halloween is a “cross-season” day, which marks the halfway between the vernal equinox and the winter solstice. So we have now fallen to half. Be sure to watch the “Blue Moon”, which of course will Do not It is blue and is also called the “hunter’s moon” because it rises in the east at sunset.
November 16-17, 2020, Monday to Tuesday: Leo Meteor Shower
It is estimated that tonight’s Leonid meteor shower will have about 15 “meteorites” per hour, thanks to Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Go out after midnight to get the best chance, then you will be attracted by the moonless sky.
Monday, November 30, 2020: “Frosty Lunar Eclipse”
The full moon of November (“frost moon” or “beaver moon”) will drift to the blurry state of the earth Penumbral Shadows in space. Reminder for the fourth and last time of 2020 Penumbra Lunar eclipse. Only visible in North and South America, Australia and East Asia, 83% of the full moon will be covered by the earth Penumbra.
Monday, December 14, 2020: Geminid meteor shower and total solar eclipse
The two most beautiful spots in nature will be separated by a few hours. The annual Gemini meteor shower and total solar eclipse. Anyone can watch the former’s 120 multi-color “shooting stars” every hour, which peaked after midnight this morning. However, to see the latter, you must be within a narrow “whole path” that runs through Chile and Argentina, from where you can see that the sun was blocked by Monday for 2 minutes and 9 seconds.
Monday, December 21, 2020: Jupiter and Saturn’s “great union” on December winter
How to end a beautiful year of gaze in a wonderful way: the tightest “bond” between Jupiter and Saturn lasted 397 years? Not only that, this huge gas giant planet pairing (which will be seen in the western sky after sunset) will take place on the exact date of the summer solstice each year.
When the Earth’s South Pole tilts towards the sun, today is the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere.
Wish you a clear sky