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If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948. During the event, which will happen on the eve of November 14, the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. This is the closest the Moon will get to Earth until 25 November 2034, so you really don’t want to miss this one 🌚

What’s Up for February?

What’s Up for February? Look to the night sky for a brighter Venus, Comet 45P, asteroid Vesta and more. 

Tonight, you can see Venus along with a crescent moon, Mars and Uranus just after sunset. No binoculars needed! 

While there are no meteor showers this month, behold the zodiacal light!

This phenomenon is caused when sunlight reflects off dust particles in the plane of our solar system. Use Venus and Mars as a cone-shaped guide on the western horizon in late February and March.

Comet 45P will be visible using binoculars and telescope and will make its closest approach to Earth on February 11.

Finally, bright asteroid Vesta can be found in the constellation Pisces.

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Planet X was discovered one year ago and was determined to have an orbital period of 5121 years. It is now 2021, and as Planet X is nearing its closest pass to Earth, Stonehenge begins to glow.

Supermoon in Taurus (November 14th, 2016) ๐ŸŒ•โ™‰

A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the Moon appearing to be larger than normal. The Supermoon due to occur on November 14th is said to be the closest the moon will be to Earth in the 21st century. Magickally speaking, the occurrence of a Supermoon will enhance the effects of a Full Moon.

What this means for you:

  • Heightened Emotions
  • Enhanced power for:
    • Cleansing
    • Charging
    • Divination
    • Healing
  • Increased psychic awareness

This Supermoon also takes place in the zodiac sign of Taurus, meaning that this would be a great time for matters having to do with love, relationships, real estate, money, and material acquisition.

The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies : Galaxies dot the sky in this impressively wide and deep image of the Antlia Cluster. The third closest cluster of galaxies to Earth after Virgo and Fornax, the Antlia cluster is known for its compactness and its high fraction of elliptical galaxies over . The cluster has two prominent galaxy groups - bottom center and upper left among its over 200 galactic members, but no single central dominant galaxy. The vertical red ribbon of gas on the left is thought related to the foreground Antlia supernova remnant and not associated with the cluster. The featured image composite, taken from New Zealand, resulted from 150+ hours of exposures taken over six months. via NASA


Tonight, if the sky is clear, you may enjoy looking for this year’s “supermoon” – when the Full Moon will be closer to us than at any other time during 2016. In fact it will be closest supermoon seen between January 26, 1948, when the Moon was 221,498 miles from Earth, and November 25, 2034 when center to center distance from our planet will be 221,487 miles. November’s supermoon is closest to Earth, 221,526 miles, at 6:21 a.m. the morning of Monday the 14th. It will then be very low in the western sky during twilight, five minutes before the moon sets, and 21 minutes before sunrise. Monday evening the supermoon rises over our eastern horizon at 5:13 p.m. for onlookers in New York City. Then the lunar orb will be a bit further at 221,654 miles. Image courtesy of Marcoaliaslama

Irridescent supermoon clouds

This photo was taken in the early hours last on June 24 2013.This was the night after super full moon night, in which the moon was at its closest to the Earth for the year, and hence seemingly larger in the sky. The irridescence is due top diffraction of light rays around water droplets of just the right mix of sizes to diffract different wavelengths producing the colours.


Image credit: Ronald Smith via EPOD.

New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula

In the search for rogue planets and failed stars astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula. During their survey of the famous star formation region, they found what may be the missing piece of a cosmic puzzle; the third, long-lost member of a star system that had broken apart.

The Orion Nebula is the closest star formation region to Earth, only 1400 light-years away. It is a turbulent place โ€“ stars are being born, planetary systems are forming and the radiation unleashed by young massive stars is carving cavities in the nebula and disrupting the growth of smaller, nearby stars.

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Break out the binoculars, there’s a supermoon this Sunday

This Sunday and Monday (Nov 13/14) there’s going to be a supermoon - and it’s the biggest since 1948. 

This one will appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a ‘normal’ full moon.

Supermoons occur when the moon is especially close to the Earth because of its elliptical orbit. When the moon is at it’s closest point to Earth it’s about 30,000 miles nearer than its furthest point. 

If the sun, Earth and the moon line up when the moon is at this stage of orbit we get a supermoon, and we won’t see another like this until 2034.

Let’s hope the skies are clear so we can all get a great view. Apparently the best time to appreciate the difference to a normal full moon is just after moonrise, when the moon is just above the horizon.

Image: Doug Zwick, Flickr


The biggest Supermoon in 70 years is set to light up the night sky tonight.

Astronomer Dr Brad Tucker from The Australian National University (ANU) said when a full Moon was closest in its orbit to Earth, or at perigee, it was called a Supermoon.

“This Supermoon is special as it is very close to the Earth, the closest in 70 years,” said Dr Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

“Perigee syzygy is the technical term, syzygy being straight alignment, but Supermoon is easier to say.”

The Moon did not orbit the Earth in a perfect circle and varied by about 50,000 km, Dr Tucker said.

“This is the second of three Supermoons in a row. The full Moons of October 16th, November 14th and December 14th are Supermoons, but the November one is the ‘superest’ of the three.”

Dr Tucker said while the perigee would occur at 12:53am AEDT on Tuesday 15 November, the best time to view the Supermoon was at sunset tomorrow.

“To view it best, you need a clear view to the eastern horizon.”

“the last episode of the season is a two-parter, following stories of each of the rubies floating through space, the self reflection of doc as a leader, the terror of army at her friends being hurt somewhere she can’t protect them, the determination of navy to rescue her friends (as shes the closest to earth’s orbit), eyeball’s altercation with the human-rebel, and leggy lamenting her failures as a new soldier and a gem itself.”

I really liked @tiredruby’s idea so I wrote a little short sorry for spelling errors I’m on mobile!!

She can’t help but keep thinking she couldn’t get worse.
They were there! They were so close and then she bad been slammed into with her own ship and they were gone. She was so close! She was so close- maybe a bit far away but she they had been in sight! Leader. They were supposed to depend on her and look where she got them! Leader? Yeah, like she deserved that title. She ran her hand over her face, her eyes stinging irritatingly with the hints of tears starting to bud. They were her platoon- they were her friends and she lost them! She got them into this mess and she had no way to get them out now! She looked around her but there was nothing noteworthy anymore. Without missions, without them, her time had come to a screeching halt- how long had she been out here anyway? She casted a glance to where she had been, but she was long past it now. Where they even still out there? She had no right to call herself leader anymore. Earth was too big a mission for her. It was too big for them but she took it wholeheartedly instead. They were sent because they were competent, because all other missions under her guidance had been cleared with little issue! But this wasn’t like other missions. This involved something a lot more important and serious she was too cocky to look at. She let them be tricked twice! Leader? It left a foul feeling sit with her. Leader of what?

She hadn’t felt this hopeful in awhile, truth be told.
She and Navy were close now, if only by happenstance. She felt lucky knowing one of her friends was just a few feet away, knowing one of her friends wasn’t hurt somewhere alone in space.
It took them awhile to close the gap between them, it was hard to move closer. They had to be mindful of the rocks that were hurtling towards them as to not to hurt themselves while they where here, and that really wasn’t her level of expertise.
And then they were almost there! She almost had Navy’s hands in her own, and solider she was she was on the brink of crying in relief. However before they could made it, she saw Navy’s head start to turn to the side, and before she could even start to ask what was wrong she felt her body shoved out of the way, propelling her further into space only to see the ship they had taken to earth pass by without a second thought.
She screamed. She screamed and yelled and punched and kicked but it didn’t help. It didn’t do anything- she couldn’t do anything! She brought her hands up to tug at her hair as she gritted her teeth and an overwhelming sense of dread made itself comfortable around her. She looked back up just hoping, but she couldn’t even see the forms of Navy or Doc in the distance- wherever she was now it wasn’t with them! Doc, Navy, Eyeball, Leggy! They were all out there and she wasn’t with them! She couldn’t help them! She smacked a hand to her face digging her palm into it. What good was she if she couldn’t even help them!

She wasn’t sure at first, but it was earth. She was getting closer and closer to the planet at an alarming rate. Her hopes had been dashed when she had been separated from Army, but now seeing the planet so close reignited a flame in her. This was were the rebels made their stand- where they were now. They had her platoon’s ship- her only way to save her friends. She wasn’t sure how she’d do it, how they’d react if they came across her, but as she started to feel herself plummet at the planet, getting even closer even quicker, she knew she’d do anything to get that ship back.

Leggy had never been alone. Not like this.
Was there protocol for being stuck in space? Eyeball said there was protocol for almost anything. Space was prettier when she wasn’t stuck in it like this. Alone like this. She started to tremble as she brought her knees up to her chest, big ugly tears starting to fall. Was it because she was new? A proper solider would know what to do, wouldn’t they? She hiccuped as she thought of her disappointed platoon. They wouldn’t be here if she was smarter. It was her fault they were stuck out there. If she was a big smart soldier she could have fought them better! If she wasn’t new she’d know better! She could have been better and she could still have her platoon with her! Sobs cut through her own thoughts and she held herself tighter, the tears falling and leaving a gross feeling on her face. They expected her to know better! They expected so much from her and she let them down! They thought she could handle this but she couldn’t!
She curled in on herself for awhile. At some point the tears stopped but they left her feeling worse. Sometimes she cried and sometimes she floated there, resenting herself more and more for failing them. She had been crying again when a familiar light settled on her, and she begun to move toward it.
Watch the largest supermoon in 68 years
Look to the skies (or stream online) early on November 14th.

You’re about to get one of the best views of the Moon in decades. When the celestial body reaches its closest point to the Earth in the early hours of November 14th (in the US, shortly after 6AM Eastern), it’ll be the largest supermoon observed in over 68 years – yes, it hasn’t been this near since 1948. And you won’t see a comparable supermoon again until 2034, so you might want to step outside if you at all can. Don’t despair if clouds, work or the time of day prevent you from getting a glimpse, though. There will be ways and times to watch where you’ll still have a grand view.

For a start, Slooh is livestreaming the supermoon. You can see what’s happening even if you’re on the other side of the planet at the time. And if you’d rather see our lunar neighbor first-hand, NASA stresses that you don’t have to be up exactly when the Moon is at its closest. The changes in distance over time will be slight, so you can head out on the nights of the 13th or 14th and still witness an impressive display. Either way, this may be your best opportunity at lunar observation without pulling out your telescope.

Live stream it here

On Monday, 14 November 2016 , the moon will be the biggest and brightest it has been in more than 60 years. So long as the sky is clear of clouds, it should be a great time to get outside and gaze at it or take some photos.It’s what is commonly called a “supermoon”, or technically a “perigee full moon” – a phenomenon that occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being the closest it gets to the Earth on its orbit.What makes this one special is that the moon is going to be even closer to the Earth than it normally gets, making it a tiny bit bigger than even your average supermoon.


Tonight’s Moon Phase for Nov 13 2016

Full Moon (a perigee full moon or Supermoon)

Tomorrow is the largest, brightest Super Moon of the year. However when it is at it’s closest for the Americas that is tonight. When it reaches it’s closest point it will be only 356,509 kilometers from the Earth.

This Super Moon is also the closest to Earth since Jan 26,1948 and won’t come this close again until Nov 25 2034.

Get out tonight and tomorrow to enjoy the view of the one that rules us all, introduce yourself to the Moon my Friends.

Photos By Bear (canadiandruid)