Events

New Moon

New Moon - 1:30am EDT

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

Earth

Autumnal Equinox

Friday, September 22, 2017

The earth's axis is perpendicular to its orbit with the North pole tipping away form the sun. In other words, the season is changing to Fall.

New Moon

New Moon - 3:12pm EDT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

Orionids Meteors

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Orionid meteor shower, usually shortened to the Orionids, is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet.

Leonid Meteor

Leonid Meteors

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle. The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the meteors appear to radiate from that point in the sky.

New Moon

New Moon - 6:42am EST

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

2012 Geminid Meteor Shower, by Bill Longo, RASC Member

Geminid meteors

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit.

New Moon

New Moon - 1:30am EST

Monday, December 18, 2017

The moon is between us and the sun. Without the moon in the sky at night, deep sky objects are easier to observe.

Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Longest night, shortest day