This Tuesday the 28th we will see the Moon rise in twilight as far north as it possibly can. Do you know why?
The Great Square, now upright, guides your way down to Fomalhaut and Diphda and, farther down, Alpha Phoenicis – a chance to add a new constellation to your life list. And plan to catch the Moon-Venus pairing in early dawn on the 9th.
The full Moon on October 28th shines near full Jupiter at opposition this week. Telescopically, Jupiter this week is as big as you'll ever see it,
The week's big event is the Moon stepping on the Sun on Saturday the 14th. But the Moon's not done. Several days later it steps squarely on the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot, then on Herman's Cross. Show-off. Image: S&T's Sean Walker resolves Io half lit as it slips into Jupiter's shadow.
The Moon pairs with Jupiter, then the Pleiades, as it departs the evening sky. That leaves a dark-sky Milky Way crossing the zenith, where Cygnus the Milky Way Swan flies southward for fall.
The bright Moon steps eastwaed night by night under Altair, then Saturn, then the Great Square of Pegasus. Meanwhile, Deneb replaces Vega as the zenith star; welcome to fall.
Saturn comes to opposition. Vega crests at the zenith, while Arcturus declines in the west. Venus shines at dawn. Go out before dawn's very first light, and you get an Orion-starring preview of the evening sky at New Year's.