If you’re a PlayStation fan trying to buy a PS5, you know that in the time since launch day, the PS5 retail situation has been endlessly hectic and frustrating, with the system consistently selling out in a matter of moments, sites crashing, and scalpers cashing in on the situation by hoarding the system and selling them for over $1,000 each. The PS5 launch day restocks were particularly disappointing–many stores restocked and sold out instantly at midnight, and Walmart offered multiple online restocks throughout the day, each of which had slow loading times, site crashes, and errors in checkout. In short, if you’ve been trying to buy a PS5 and haven’t done so yet, you’re not alone, and we feel your pain. Black Friday 2020 offers another opportunity to buy the PS5 this week, though we don’t expect it to go any more smoothly than previous PS5 restocks. For Black Friday
Take a break from Thanksgiving prep Wednesday night and head outside for a stargazing break. You’ll get a look at an exceptionally bright view of Mars as it buddies up with the moon in a pairing that’s at least as good as.
“The summer and fall of 2020 have been exciting times to see bright Mars and the moon together each month,” astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. He’s written about the view on his site, When the Curves Line Up. “The moon passes the planet each month, but because of Mars’ proximity to Earth, we won’t see Mars this bright again until 2033 and 2035.”
Hunt advises stargazers in most climates
It’s thoughtful of the night sky to offer so many good views with so many people stuck at home. From theto , skywatchers have been spoiled recently. And here’s another goodie: Head outside Thursday night to see the moon, Saturn and Jupiter form a neat triangle. The crescent moon will be visible in the south-southwest as soon as the sky darkens, but the other two show up a little later. Jupiter should make an appearance after sunset, and Saturn a little later on.
“The best observing time is about 30 minutes after local sunset for about two hours while the moon and planets are high enough in the sky to
One of the most famous annual meteor showers is reaching its peak — the Leonids. These ultrafast meteors are due to crest overnight tonight and into early Tuesday morning (Nov. 16-17).
The Leonids are known for producing some of the most amazing meteor displays in the annals of astronomy. Most notable are meteor storms in 1799, 1833 and 1966, when meteor rates of tens of thousands per hour were observed. More recently, in 1999, 2001 and 2002, lesser Leonid displays of “only” a few thousand meteors per hour took place.
Unfortunately, those turn-of-the-century showers gave some skywatchers the impression that they could expect a similar occurrence of celestial fireworks from the Leonids every year. So, it is important to stress at the outset that any suggestion of a spectacular meteor Leonid display this year is, to put it mildly, overly optimistic.
October has not one, but two full moons — and because it’s 2020, the second one naturally falls on Halloween.
That gives this year 13 full moons instead of the usual 12.
And if you spot what looks like a fiery red star near the full moon, that’s Mars.
The red planet made its closest approach to Earth earlier in October, and it’s still shining bright in the night sky.
October’s first full moon was the harvest moon on October 1, and the second is a rare full Halloween blue hunter’s moon.
While the moon won’t actually look blue, the second full moon in one month is usually referred to as a blue moon. This happens every 2.5 to three years, or “once in a blue moon.”
Previously, a blue moon was known as the third or fourth full moon in a single season.
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Skywatchers will be treated to an eye-catching gathering in the south-southwest sky about an hour after sunset on Thursday (Oct. 22) — a large triangle formed by the moon and two bright “superior” planets.
A superior planet is one that is located in an orbit around the sun that is beyond that of Earth. The planets in question are Jupiter and Saturn, which have attracted the attention of skywatchers all through the summer and early fall.
Of course, these close alignments are merely an illusion of perspective. Our moon is much closer in space to us than is either Jupiter or Saturn. As it orbits Earth, the moon moves in an easterly direction across the sky at roughly its own apparent diameter (0.5 degrees) each hour, or approximately 12 degrees per day. (Your clenched fist held at arm’s length covers about 10 degrees of sky.)
Currently, Jupiter and Saturn
After a short hiatus from meteor activity, the annualis back to bring shooting stars to the night sky. It’s visible from about October 2 to November 7, as Earth passes through the debris from Halley’s Comet, but peaks this week on Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21.
And it’s not the only exciting celestial activity this month — October features, the second of which falls on Halloween, and the until 2035.
What are the Orionids?
The Orionids, which light up the night sky every October, is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year, according to NASA.
Orionid meteors are both bright and fast. They travel at about 148,000 miles per hour, or 41 miles per second, into Earth’s atmosphere, often leaving behind glowing “trains” of debris in their