Harvest Moon

A Harvest Moon, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs when the full moon happens closest to the autumn equinox.  In 2020, the Northern Hemisphere autumn equinox came on September 22.  The first of two October 2020 full moons will fall on October 1st  or 2nd.   The second of October’s Full Moon, the Blue Moon, will happen at the end of the month on the 31st of … Continue reading Harvest Moon

International Observe the Moon Day

September 26 was the International Observe the Moon Day.  I did my part to observe the Moon in the Southeast sky. The Crystal Coast Stargazers Club setup telescopes at Harkers Island Visitor Center and at the YMCA in New Bern.  Unfortunately, the weather conditions wasn’t the best.  At Harkers Island, the Moon was only visible until 10 PM., then clouds moved in.  And in New … Continue reading International Observe the Moon Day

April Night Sky

The weather and skies cleared up and I decided to try out “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” and some astrophotography.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I am limited on where I can go.  I went the small fishing village of Oriental on the Neuse River.  It is approximately 8 miles from the mouth of Neuse River in the Pamlico Sound.  I also want  to practice some astrophotography … Continue reading April Night Sky

Astronomy Night Hammocks Beach State Park and More

The Astronomy Club (Crystal Coast Stargazers) had an event at Hammocks Beach State Park on the 7th of March. Even though I don’t have a telescope, I attended the event with with my neighbor and took pictures.  On the 7th, the Moon was in Waxing Gibbous phase at 93% full.  The club set up telescopes so viewers can look at the Moon and constellations.  Because … Continue reading Astronomy Night Hammocks Beach State Park and More

Moon Setting on the 8th of February

The Full Moon is called the Snow Moon in February, but there is slacking of snow in the eastern portion of the United States this winter.  The weather has been above average on the east coast, especially in North Carolina and the South.  They did have snow in the Atlanta area on Saturday, but on the coast in North Carolina the weather was perfect, on … Continue reading Moon Setting on the 8th of February