NOVAC Event Calendar

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NOVAC Event Calendar 2015-05-11T19:16:50+00:00

Oct
21
Mon
2019
Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 21 all-day

The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The second quarter moon will block some of the fainter meteors this year, but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Oct
27
Sun
2019
⚫ New Moon
Oct 27 @ 9:38 pm – 9:38 pm
Oct
31
Thu
2019
Mercury Retrograde Begins
Oct 31 all-day

see http://cantonbecker.com/retrograde for details…

Nov
2
Sat
2019
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
C.M. Crockett Public Night @ C.M. Crockett Park | Midland | Virginia | United States

 

Please read the C.M. Crockett Page for park details.

 

Nov
4
Mon
2019
☽ First Quarter Moon
Nov 4 @ 3:23 am – 3:23 am
Nov
11
Mon
2019
Transit of Mercury Across the Sun
Nov 11 all-day

A superstar event for 2019: Elusive Mercury, one of the most difficult planets to view, will be out in broad daylight—literally! Look through a telescope equipped with a suitable solar filter and you’ll be able to view tiny Mercury transit across the surface of the Sun. This rare celestial event will be visible throughout much of the world, but observers along the eastern coasts of the Americas will get the best view.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
(Possible) Taurid Fireball Meteor Shower
Nov 12 all-day

This shower coincides with the full moon, so that pretty much blows your chances of seeing much… But Keep your fingers crossed! Every now and then the Taurid meteor shower — normally modest — produces spectacular fireballs visible even in bright moonlight. Last year it caused a rash of UFO reports.

Most recently this happened in 2008. Since the meteor stream is rather spread out in space, Earth takes several weeks to pass through it, causing an extended period of meteor activity, compared with the much smaller periods of activity in other showers. The Taurids are also made up of weightier material, pebbles instead of dust grains.

Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

⚪ Full Moon
Nov 12 @ 6:34 am – 6:34 am
Nov
17
Sun
2019
Leonids Meteor Shower
Nov 17 all-day

The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient you should be able to catch quite a few of the brightest ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Mercury Retrograde Ends
Nov 19 all-day

see http://cantonbecker.com/retrograde for details…