14 Natural Events in October

October is my favorite month, and I’m so excited it’s finally here again! In every day of this month there’s always something beautiful to experience with all five senses – it just makes me happy. Of course there’s the typical experiences: watching the leaves change, tasting the harvest, feeling the crisp air, smelling the aroma…

This Week in Nature: October 19-25

Circlet: This faint circle of stars can be spotted directly below the Square of Pegasus. It is part of the constellation Pisces. Orionids: The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak on October 21 and 22, producing about 20 meteors per hour. The best time to view the Orionids is just after midnight or right…

This Week in Nature: October 12-18

Whale’s Head: Look for two circles of stars in the fall sky below the Square of Pegasus. Follow the base of the Square to the left to find the larger, brighter circle. That is the Whale’s Head, part of the constellation Cetus. Menkar – the brightest star in the Whale’s Head – has an apparent…

This Week in Nature: October 5-11

Mercury Joins Jupiter, Venus, Mars Mornings Mercury enter the morning sky beginning the morning of October 7. Moon Meets Planets The moon will be next to a different celestial body every day between October 8 and October 11. Red Leaves Anthocyanins give leaves their red color and also act as a form of protection, allowing…

This Week in Nature: Sept 28 – October 4

Pegasus Square: The fall sky is anchored by the large Square of Pegasus. Four bright stars make up the corners. On one side are two diagonal sets of stars; one set points to Markab, the other to Scheat. Harvest Moons: In early autumn, the time between successive moon rises is relatively short in the Northern…