If you were one of the unfortunates who joined last night’s debate, you’re probably in the mood look at something else-Generally nothing otherwise – tonight. Well, luckily, this week’s night sky allows for much quieter and calmer viewing in the form of Harvest Moon and Mars. Here is when they will come out and where to look for them.
When is the autumn of the harvest of the moon 2020?
Although an almost complete harvest of the Moon can be seen tonight in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be officially announced tomorrow, October 1, at 5:05 p.m. ET. This early moment is ideal if you have mini-astronomers at home (or just want to go to bed early on your own). The moon rises near the horizon soon after sunset. The harvest moon should be visible from dusk to dawn, depending on local clouds.
What exactly is Harvest Moon? We call this the full moon, which appears closest to the beginning of autumn. Although it may look like the Harvest Moon is bigger, brighter or more colorful than other moons, these are all factors that change depending on the year. For example, in 2019, Harvest Moon was a “micro-moon” or “mini-moon” – the smallest and most distant full moon of the year, according to EarthSky. This year will be the second smallest full moon of the year. Plus at any time we watch the full moon immediately after sunset, its location near the horizon can make it look especially large and orange.
What about Mars?
If you notice what EarthSky describes as a “fiery red object” in the night sky near the moon harvest, this will be the planet Mars. This chart will give you a better idea of its location this week:
Mars will do it come in opposition on October 13, which means that this week the red planet will rise near sunset. Mars is only in this particular position every two years and next time it will be this bright in this place will be in 2035 – so take a break from the rest of the world at least one night this week and look up.