October 27th, 2015
There’s a full Moon in the constellation of Pisces, the Fish tonight. Any time the Moon turns full it brightens the sky and causes the nearby stars to be difficult to see. Pisces is one of those faint constellations that’s hard to see on a dark night so you’ll have difficulty seeing anything when the full Moon is so close.
But how far does the Moon’s glow extend across the surrounding sky? Can you see Aldebaran, the orange star that marks the eye of Taurus the Bull? It’s currently rising in the east as you’re staring at the Moon. And what about Aries, the Ram? Right now, the Moon is actually leaving Pisces behind and is headed onward through the zodiac and Aries is next in line. Can you see its three brightest stars above the Moon itself?
Make a mental note of the stars you see – maybe even sketch the scene – then back in a week and see how many more stars are visible when the Moon’s no longer around.
All Astronomical Events for October 27th, 2015
12:05 UT – Full Moon. (Naked eye, Pisces, visible all night. See above.)
Mercury brightens to magnitude -1.0 (89% illuminated, diameter 5.4”. Virgo, not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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Astronomical events taken from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.
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