Since this is the most popular feature on the blog, here are all the recent installments of AAI’s Glenn Wargo’s cosmic comments that I should have posted in the last few weeks. Enjoy.
Personal: With the 3.96 magnitude star 10 Ursae Majoris in Lynx since 1928, stay alert as you dig out the winter clothing. You may spot something you misplaced a long time ago.
Health: With Uranus going into opposition on 10/07, keep a few things in mind: Fiber. Roughage. Stool softener.
Style: Total eclipse of the Moon at 06:51 EDT October 8 will look best from the West Coast and Pacific. A sure sign Jersey girls have packed their sarongs away until next summer.
News: With Ophiuchus the Healer setting in the west in the evening sky, you will see shortcomings of western medicine reported on the evening news.
News: Earth is coming into position to view the orbital plane of Jupiter’s Galilean moons exactly edge-on, which makes a “season” of moon-on-moon occultations possible. Io will pass in front of Callisto before dawn on 10/24. So, expect to see a heightened interest in the occult, at least through the end of October.
News: Mars was narrowly (about 81,000 miles) missed by comet Siding Spring on 10/19. Expect to see the Turkish military keep its head down in the battle with ISIL/ISIS/IS.
News: Jupiter is now safely in Leo, having survived Cancer. There is new hope that our medical problems can be solved.
Weather: With Mercury stationary on 10/25, look for cool temperatures to continue through autumn.
Personal: Asteroid 37 Fides having brushed by Uranus during October, you may now have some new friends at the dog park.