Astro Misawa

Sky Watch

Next Full Moon 
Friday, Oct. 2 | 6:05 a.m. 

Mercury at Greatest East Elongation
Thursday, Oct. 1

Draconids Meteors
Wednesday, Oct. 7

Mars at Opposition | Closest to Earth 
Wednesday, Oct. 14

Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
Wednesday–Thursday, Oct. 21–22

Uranus at Opposition Closest approach to Earth 
Saturday, Oct. 31 



Visit to keep up with what’s happening over Japan.

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The Outdoor Recreation Center has outdoor gear to buy or rent for campfires, hiking and just getting outdoors. Grab a friend and view the spectacular night sky over northern Japan. Call 226-9378 for all ODR needs.

1. Many events like meteor showers are best viewed against a dark sky. Track the best time for viewing by finding out when the moon sets over your area. This way, there will be less light pollution and you are more likely to catch celestial events. Although there are peak days to view a shower, you may be able to catch more meteors on another day if there is less light pollution. You can do this by finding a moonrise and moonset calendar online.

2. Take the time to view the show. Some events may be time  sensitive, so check celestial calendars for the best viewing times in your zone.  Meteors do not display at constant, there may be intermissions between bursts of viewing time. When you notice the first bursts, you will know where to turn your attention for more.  

3. Find a safe and ideal spot that works best for getting comfortable. Grab sleeping bags, pillows, snacks, drinks and the gear you need to lay back and enjoy. And remember, always wear proper safety glasses when viewing solar events. 

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