The Witches Digest for Friday, October 13th
Part 1 – Astronomy for your Day
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Friday, the 13th
Sun Direction: ↑ 108.53° ESE
Sun Altitude: 10.66°
Sun Distance: 92.735 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 7:00 am↑ 99° East
Sunset Today: 6:19 pm↑ 260° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 19 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 189.71° S
Moon Altitude: 70.08°
Moon Distance: 232167 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 19, 20172:12 pm
Next Full Moon: Nov 4, 201712:22 am
Next Moonset: Today2:55 pm
Moon Illumination: 38.6%
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Crescent
New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Third Quarter: Oct 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
Your Astronomy for Friday, October 13th
The Moon is in Cancer until 2:41 AM, after which the Moon is in Leo.
The Moon is void from 12:00 AM to 2:41 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurred yesterday, and the New Moon will occur on the 19th.
Moon in Leo
The Moon is traveling through Leo today. Shine and be proud! You rule right now!
The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.
The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.
The Sky This Week for October 13 to 15
The Summer Triangle in fall, a meteor shower, and other beautiful things to look for in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Friday, October 13
The annual Orionid meteor shower is quickly ramping up toward its peak the morning of October 21. You already should be seeing a few shower members in the predawn sky, where the waning crescent Moon doesn’t offer much interference. To tell an Orionid from a sporadic meteor, trace the path of the “shooting star” backward. An Orionid meteor will appear to radiate from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.
Saturday, October 14
Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s evening sky. The ringed planet stands nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 37″. But more significantly, the rings tilt 27.0° to our line of sight — the maximum angle possible — in mid-October. The rings haven’t appeared this open since 2003 and they won’t approach this tilt again until 2032. The steep angle offers superb views of ring structure.
Sunday, October 15
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 1:25 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning. Observers on the East Coast who start watching around midevening can see the star’s brightness diminish by 70 percent over the course of about five hours. Those in western North America will see Algol brighten noticeably from late evening until dawn starts to light up the sky, when the star stands high in the west. This eclipsing binary system runs through a cycle from minimum (magnitude 3.4) to maximum (magnitude 2.1) and back every 2.87 days.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Friday, October 13th
The Moon is currently in Leo
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Friday, October 13, 2017
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 23.17 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 367,020.13 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,220,114.56 km