Identifying Fall Warblers
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In the Sky: October 2017
Of special interest is the dark part of the sky that the Greeks called the “great waters” or the “celestial sea” that is coming into view. There is only one bright star, Fomalhaut, in the dim constellation Piscis austrinus (the Southern Fish).
As the seemingly large Harvest Moon rises on October 5, it will be a good time to test the Moon illusion. Look at the Moon through a paper tube with one eye while keeping the other eye closed. The Moon will not look big. Now close that eye and look at the Moon with the other eye. It will again look big.
“It is lucky to see the first sliver of a new Moon ‘clear of the brush (foliage)’.” and “If you glimpse a new Moon over your right shoulder, you will have good luck.”
- the Old farmer’s Almanac
Oct 7th: Star party sponsored by Hoover Middle School, at the Observatory, 630 Hillcrest Rd, Waterloo, IA, 9:00 pm-10:30 pm.