October new moon 2021: See Jupiter, Saturn and a minor meteor shower in the moonless sky

The new moon occurs on Wednesday (Oct. 6), at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1205 GMT), and that night you might see a few meteors as well.

New moons happen when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. About every 29.5 days the sun and moon share the same celestial longitude, an alignment also called a conjunction. Celestial longitude is a projection of the Earth’s own longitude lines on the celestial sphere. If you drew an imaginary line from Polaris, the North Star, due south toward the sun, it would also hit the new moon. 

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