Watch the Moon this week as it passes near Mars. At the start of next week, look for a penumbral lunar eclipse.
This week, look for the peak of the Leonids Meteor Shower, variable star Algol’s minimum, and a pretty meetup between Jupiter, Saturn and the crescent Moon.
A meteor shower, planets pairing with the crescent Moon, a dark new-Moon sky for stargazing — this week, what more could you want?
November offers excellent opportunities to view Moon-planet pairings, as well as Mercury in the eastern pre-dawn sky.
The Moon passes the Shoe-Buckle Cluster and the Bull’s face as it wanes through the week.
As the Moon waxes to full just in time for Halloween, set your sights on its features and neighbours in the sky.
After the Orionids peak before dawn October 21, look for features on the Moon as it waxes past quarter.
The biggest highlight is Mars’ opposition October 13, but look for other events like the crescent Moon near Venus and a double shadow transit on Jupiter later in the week.
The Red Planet steals the show this month, passing closer to the Earth than it will for the next 15 years and providing the best opposition of the 2020s.