While the remnants of hurricane delta through North Carolina on Sunday, with some lingering showers on Monday, WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch forecasts dry and pleasant weather for much of the upcoming week. Showers will not be back in the forecast until Friday.
Over the next few mornings, look to the east about an hour before sunrise for the crescent Moon, Venus and the bright star Regulus. Mars remains bright throughout the month and reaches its brightest of the year on Tuesday evening. A supermoon, by one definition, rises Thursday evening, but you wont be able to see it, or will you? Read on.
This isn't a great week to look for the International Space Station. By mid next week it will be passing directly over central North Carolina.
Monday October 12
Asteroid 2020TS1 will pass within the Moon's orbit about 154,000 miles away. There is no danger of this asteroid hitting Earth or the Moon.
Tuesday October 13
Mars is at opposition. This means it is exactly opposite the Sun in our sky, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. This is also when it is at its brightest of the year. Mars will remain very bright throughout the rest of the month.
The bright star Regulus will be about 6 degrees from the waning crescent Moon. The pair should be visible from moonrise around 3:30 to the beginning of twilight just before 6:30 a.m.
Though WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch's forecast for the beginning of the week said dry and pleasant weather is next for much of the upcoming week. Showers will not be back in the forecast until Friday.
Wednesday October 14
This time it is the bright planet Venus just ot the upper right of the waning crescent Moon, rising around 4:30 am until twilight around 6:30 a.m.
Friday October 16
The Moon turns new at 3:31 p.m. as it passes between Earth and the Sun. About four hours later, at 7:47 p.m., the Moon will be at perigee, its closest to Earth for this orbit. The astrologer who coined the term calls this a supermoon, though most public interest is in full Moons near perigee. Still, this is a great time to see a phenomenon known as Earthshine.