Lots of Stargazing Opportunities in October
This is usually the time of year we start to look to the changing colors on the trees around us for some incredible visuals.
But it's what's above the trees that could make this October something special.
It all starts with a New Moon tonight (October 6), which means less light coming from the sky leading to much better stargazing conditions.
For starters, there will be opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter in close proximity to the moon.
But there are other noteworthy celestial events as well:
- October 8: The Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks
Nightfall and early evening will be the best time to check this out.
- October 9-10: The Moon and Venus
Look low in the western sky for this pair to appear together just after sunset.
- October 10-11: The Southern Taurid Meteor Shower Peaks
This will be the first of two showings this month. It will start the night of the 10th and extend into the morning of the 11th.
- October 13-15: Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon
Check out this trio clustered together after sunset until just after midnight.
- October 15-16: Antares and Venus
Look to the southwest sky for Venus and the orange star Antares sitting only about a degree and a half apart early in the evening.
- October 16: International Observe the Moon Night
Gaze to the heavens for a waxing gibbous moon that is just a few days past its first quarter phase.
- October 17: Mercury
It's not the easiest one to spot, but low in the sky along the horizon is your best bet.
- October 20: Full Moon
This is this month's full moon, often referred to as the Hunter's Moon.
- October 20-21: The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks
These may be difficult to see with the light that the Hunter's Moon will be putting out.
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