Upcoming Events, SAAA Activities and Points of Interest -- Aug 2023 thru Apr 2024
Aug 1 -- Full Moon
Aug 16 -- New Moon
Aug 30 -- Full Moon. Aug. 30: The second full moon in August is known as the Blue Moon. It will arrive at 9:36 p.m. EDT. Watch it live here
Sep 14 -- New Moon
Sep 15 -- A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 11:44 a.m. EDT.
Sep 23 -- Autumnal Equinox
Sep 29 -- Full Moon
Oct 5 -- SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Psyche asteroid mission. The spacecraft will travel to the asteroid Psyche and enter orbit in 2029. The launch is scheduled for 10:38 a.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Oct 8 -- Draconid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Oct. 6 and Oct. 10.
Oct 14 -- New Moon, 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse (see Home Page for Details)
Oct 20 -- Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Sept. 26 and Nov. 22.
Oct 28 -- Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse
Nov 4 -- Southern Taurid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Sept. 28 and Dec. 2.
Nov 9 -- Moon and Venus Conjunction. At 5 a.m. local time, look east-northeast to see a most spectacular pairing of the moon and Venus.
Nov 11 -- Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Oct. 13 and Dec. 2.
Nov 13 -- New Moon
Nov 17 -- Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Nov. 3 and Dec. 2.
Nov 27 -- Full Moon
Dec 4 -- Mercury at Greatest Elongation East. This might be a good time to try and spot Mercury: the planet appears at its farthest distance from the Sun in the evening sky.
Dec 12 -- New Moon
Dec 14 -- Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active between Dec. 4 and Dec. 17.
Dec 21 -- Today is the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice for the Southern Hemisphere.
Dec 21-- Ursid meteor shower peaks tonight! The shower is active from Dec. 13 to Dec. 24.
Dec 26 -- Full Moon
Jan 3 -- Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. The waning gibbous moon will block out some of the fainter meteors, but if you are patient this could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Jan 11 -- New Moon
Jan 12 -- Mercury at greatest western elongation
Jan 25 -- Full Moon
Feb 9 -- New Moon
Feb 24 -- Full Moon
Mar 10 -- New Moon
Mar 20 -- Vernal Equinox. Occurs at 03:01 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mar 24 -- Mercury at greatest eastern elongation
Mar 25 -- Full Moon
Apr 8 -- New Moon, Total Solar Eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun's beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 2017 and the next one will not take place until 2045. The path of totality will begin in the Pacific Ocean and move across parts of Mexico and the eastern United States and Nova Scotia. The total eclipse will be visible in parts of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information) (NASA Interactive Google Map)
2023 Ring of Fire, Annular Solar eclipse, san angelo texas concho valley, partial solar eclipse, annual, rare event, solar viewing glasses, solar filters available, telescope, solar scope, 2023, annular ring of fire path of eclipse, angelo astronomy,
2023 Ring of Fire, partial solar viewing, eclipse, Annular Solar eclipse, san angelo texas concho valley, partial solar eclipse, annual, filtered view, public telescope, safe viewing, rare event, solar viewing glasses, solar filters available, telescope, solar scope, 2023, annular ring of fire path of eclipse, angelo astronomy, Annular Solar eclipse, san angelo texas concho valley