Reminder Samhain Gathering TONIGHT at 7:00 PM CT

Coven Life’s Coven is hosting a Samhain gathering tonight. Copy and paste the following link into your web browser for all the information to attend.

Samhain Coven Gathering Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

We hope to see you there later! Blessed be

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A Little Humor for Your Day – The Twelve Days of Halloween

The Twelve Days Of Halloween

 

On the first day of Halloween, my true love gave to me AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the second day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the third day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK- OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the fourth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the fifth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the sixth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the seventh day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR- TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the eighth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 8 MONSTERS SHRIEKING; 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the ninth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 9 GHOSTS A–BOOING; 8 MONSTERS SHRIEKING; 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the tenth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 10 GHOULS A-GROANING; 9 GHOSTS A–BOOING; 8 MONSTERS SHRIEKING; 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the eleventh day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 11 MASKS A-LEERING; 10 GHOULS A-GROANING; 9 GHOSTS A–BOOING; 8 MONSTERS SHRIEKING; 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

On the twelfth day of Halloween, my true love gave to me 12 BATS A-FLYING. 11 MASKS A-LEERING; 10 GHOULS A-GROANING; 9 GHOSTS A–BOOING; 8 MONSTERS SHRIEKING; 7 PUMPKINS GLOWING; 6 GOBLINS GOBBLING; 5 SCAREY SPOOKS! 4 SKELETONS; 3 BLACK CATS; 2 TRICK-OR-TREATERS; AND AN OWL IN A DEAD TREE!

Astronomy Picture of the Day – Orionid Meteors from Orion

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2017 October 30

Orionid Meteors from Orion
Image Credit & Copyright: Lu Shupei

 

Explanation: Meteors have been shooting out from the constellation of Orion. This was expected, as October is the time of year for the Orionids Meteor Shower. Pictured here, over a dozen meteors were caught in successively added exposures last weekend over Wulan Hada volcano in Inner Mongolia, China. The featured image shows multiple meteor streaks that can all be connected to a single small region on the sky called the radiant, here visible just above and to the left of the belt of Orion, The Orionids meteors started as sand sized bits expelled from Comet Halley during one of its trips to the inner Solar System. Comet Halley is actually responsible for two known meteor showers, the other known as the Eta Aquarids and visible every May. Next month, the Leonids Meteor Shower from Comet Tempel-Tuttle should also result in some bright meteor streaks.

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EarthSky News for Monday, Oct. 30: Moon in Aquarius, near Neptune

Moon in Aquarius, near Neptune

Tonight – October 30, 2017 – look for the moon and know that Neptune, the outermost of the major planets in our solar system, is near it on the sky’s dome. Just don’t expect to see Neptune. Even on the darkest of moonless nights, you need an optical aid to see it. What you can do tonight is use the moon to get a feel for the whereabouts of Neptune in our sky. Plus, you might be able to glimpse the zodiacal constellation Aquarius in the starry heavens.

Neptune lies within Aquarius’ boundaries now, and Aquarius lies to the north of the bright star Fomalhaut, which will be visible tonight – despite the moonlit glare. The sky chart of Aquarius below shows Fomalhaut as the bright (though unlabeled) star to the south of Aquarius, at a right ascension of 23 hours and a declination of -30o.

The ecliptic – roadway of the sun, moon and planets in our sky – passes right through the constellation Aquarius. Practiced sky gazers know that any planet of our solar system must reside on or near the ecliptic on our sky’s dome.

And right they are, for Neptune will be close to the 4th-magnitude zodiacal star Lambda Aquarii for the rest of this year.

Click here for a sky chart showing Neptune in front of Aquarius.

This star, Lambda Aquarii, is visible to the unaided eye as a faint speck of light in a dark country sky. This chart from skyandtelescope.com provides the telescopic field of view and can help you find Neptune … once the moon moves away.

Neptune reigns as the most distant full-fledged planet in the solar system, since Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006.

Pluto wasn’t denied planetary status because it’s not massive enough to be a planet. Believe it or not, Pluto – in and of itself – has sufficient mass to qualify. Rather, Pluto was reclassified by the IAU because this world doesn’t have the heft to “clear the neighborhood around its orbit.”

Pluto, by the way, is locked into a 2:3 orbital resonance with Neptune. For every two times that Pluto circles the sun, Neptune circles the sun three times.

Beyond Neptune, there are a number of trans-Neptunian objects – sometimes called plutinos – that are also locked into a 2:3 orbital resonance with Neptune.

Once the moon leaves the evening sky, starting at the end of the first week of November, try locating Neptune in front of the constellation Aquarius, and near the star Lambda Aquarii. Be forewarned. You’ll need an optical aid, and probably a good sky chart plus lots of patience to see this faint and distant planet.

Bottom line: On October 30, 2017, the moon passes close to Neptune on our sky’s dome.

 

Bruce McClure

Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.

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