Mars is bright tonight

Mars on October 13, 2020 – fully illuminated since it is in opposition (Earth is in between Mars and the Sun) and near its closest point to the Earth (the closest point was on October 6). Mars will shine bright in the sky till beginning of November.

The next such bright Mars we will be able to observe in 15 years…



Mars is bright tonight. ∼ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

One Word Sunday Challenge: Bright – by Debbie from Travel With Intent.


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October Harvest Moon

The Full Harvest Moon on 1st October 2020 – one of the two full moons this month, the first Full Moon this year during astronomical autumn. It is called the Harvest Moon beacuse of its light being useful in harvesting the crops in the evening.

This year Harvest Moon is also a Micromoon (it appears smaller than usual) since it is in apogee – in the point in its orbit farthest from Earth.

On 3rd October (at 03:25 GMT) the conjunction (meeting) of the Moon and Mars could be observed.


Harvest Moon rising – Dubai, UAE

Harvest Moon – Dubai, UAE
Harvest Moon going to meet Mars (far left) – Dubai, UAE

Neil Young – Harvest Moon


See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon  | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon


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September Corn Moon

This is the last Full Moon this year during astronomical summer. It is traditionally called Corn Moon or Barley Moon, which is connected to harvesting those crops at that time in the Northern Hemisphere.



See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon  | August Sturgeon Moon


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