Newsletter Issue 97
September 22: Spring and Fall Equinox
Say hello to longer and warmer, or shorter and colder days, depending on your hemisphere! At 13:30 UTC on Tuesday, September 22, the Sun will be at the zenith or directly above the Earth's celestial equator. This marks the beginning of astronomical fall (autumn) in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of astronomical spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
On September 27, 2020, New Zealanders spring forward one hour from 02:00 (2 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time.
Most Australians follow suit on October 4, 2020, when DST begins there.
October 2020 is going to be an excellent month for Moon and night sky watching. October 1 is a Micro Moon as well as this year's Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon. October 16 will see a Super New Moon. Take advantage of a Moon-less sky to see the planets, especially Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The month ends with another Micro Full Moon, which is also a Blue Moon, on October 31!