Foto Dono's 2021 Milky Way Season - Part 7 - Looking for the Milky Way - October and November

Updated: Jan 6

In October and November, the Milky Way is disappearing from view in the Northern Hemisphere. Our location along the globe's latitude will affect our view of the Milky Way unless you live aboard the International Space Station. (sigh) Instead, I will have to be content with living on the bottom of a gravity well spinning around a small yellow orb cartwheeling its way through the galaxy.


OCTOBER:

October presents many early evenings of photographing the Core. Depending on the weather, I usually end October with an evening at a cemetery. Coincidently enough, October 31st, Halloween, is a perfect time for a photo excursion.


October 6th

  • October 6th - New Moon

  • Golden Hour - 6:39 PM

  • Sunset - 7:10 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:25 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:27 PM to 11:09 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:27 PM to 11:09 PM

October 7th

  • October 7th - Golden Hour - 6:39 PM

  • Sunset - 7:10 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:24 PM

  • Moonset - 8:16 PM - Waxing Cresent

  • Core Visibility - 8:26 PM to 11:05 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:26 PM to 11:05 PM

October 8th

  • October 8th - Golden Hour - 6:37 PM

  • Sunset - 7:08 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:23 PM

  • Moonset - 8:57 PM - Waxing Cresent

  • Core Visibility - 8:25 PM to 11:01 PM

  • Capture Time - 9:00 PM to 11:01 PM

October 25th

  • October 25th - Golden Hour - 6:20 PM

  • Sunset - 6:52 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:06 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:10 PM to 9:54 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:10 PM to 9:54 PM

  • Moonrise - 10:25 PM - Waning Gibbous

October 26th

  • October 26th - Golden Hour - 6:19 PM

  • Sunset - 6:51 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:06 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:09 PM to 9:50 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:09 PM to 9:50 PM

  • Moonrise - 10:25 PM - Waning Gibbous

October 27th

  • October 27th - Golden Hour - 6:18 PM

  • Sunset - 6:50 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:05 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:08 PM to 9:46 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:08 PM to 9:46 PM

  • October 28th - Moonrise - 12:10 AM - Last Quarter

October 28th

  • October 28th - Golden Hour - 6:17bPM

  • Sunset - 6:49 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:04 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:08 PM to 9:42 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:08 PM to 9:42 PM

October 29th

  • October 29th - Golden Hour - 6:16 PM

  • Sunset - 6:48 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:03 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:07 PM to 9:39 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:07 PM to 9:39 PM

October 30th

  • October 30th - Golden Hour - 6:15 PM

  • Sunset - 6:48 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:03 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:06 PM to 9:35 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:06 PM to 9:35 PM

October 31st - Halloween - Cemetary Location

  • October 31st - Golden Hour - 6:15 PM

  • Sunset - 6:47 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:02 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:06 PM to 9:31 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:06 PM to 9:31 PM

Below are photos taken in the cemetery in deepest darkest Florida, where the deer and coyotes play. 😜 The Milky Way is nearly perpendicular to the horizon and reaches over my head ending above the cemetery. The image on the left has a very bright dot to the right of the Milky Way. That is the Andromeda Galaxy. Our nearest galactic neighbor rushing headlong into our galaxy in about 4.5 billion years. It's visible to the naked eye on moonless nights in moderate light pollution.




NOVEMBER:

Although the Milky Way is still in the sky in November, the times are increasingly shorter. The Core is South West, hovering very near the horizon by November 1st. The Moon is waning into the New Moon phase in the first few days of the month. The New Moon occurs on November 4th, leaving November 5th as the Core's last unobstructed view. It dips closer and closer to the horizon each day. By November 21st, when the Moon is safely below the horizon again, there are only 10 minutes to view, and it's barely above the horizon.


October 31st is my last official day to chase the Milky Way. I've included November because it may be of use for some folks out there. Besides, who knows, I might decide to jump out one last time and see what I can capture too.

November 1st

  • November 1st - Golden Hour - 6:14 PM

  • Moonset 4:56 PM - Waning Crescent

  • Sunset - 6:46 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:01 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:05 PM to 9:27 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:05 PM to 9:27 PM

November 2nd

  • November 2nd - Golden Hour - 6:13 PM

  • Moonset - 5:32 PM - Waning Crescent

  • Sunset - 6:45 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:00 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:05 PM to 9:23 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:05 PM to 9:23 PM

November 3rd

  • November 3rd - Golden Hour - 6:12 PM

  • Moonset - 6:08 PM - Waning Crescent

  • Sunset - 6:45 PM

  • Blue Hour - 7:00 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:04 PM to 9:19 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:04 PM to 9:19 PM

November 4th

  • November 4th - New Moon

  • Golden Hour - 6:12 PM

  • Sunset - 6:44 PM

  • Blue Hour - 6:59 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:03 PM to 9:15 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:03 PM to 9:15 PM

November 5th

  • November 5th - Golden Hour - 6:11 PM

  • Sunset - 6:44 PM

  • Moonset - 7:33 PM - Waxing Crescent

  • Blue Hour - 6:59 PM

  • Core Visibility - 8:03 PM to 9:11 PM

  • Capture Time - 8:03 PM to 9:11 PM

November 21st - The Last Gasp of the Season

  • November 21st - Golden Hour - 5:03 PM

  • Sunset - 5:37 PM

  • Blue Hour - 5:52 PM

  • Core Visibility - 6:58 PM to 7:08 PM

  • Capture Time - 6:58 PM to 7:08 PM

  • Moonrise - 7:21 PM - Waning Gibbous

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