October Astronomy

October Astronomy

September 30, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, What's Happening

As the shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius in the southwest, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northwest to greeting the rising star Capella.  The waxing Moon interferes with the Draconid Meteor shower on the 8th, but a Last Quarter Moon is more favorable for the Orionids near the 21st.  Jupiter and Saturn slowly slide into the southwest, setting a little earlier each evening.  Venus arrives in the southwest late in the month, very low, while Mars returns for early risers, faint in the southeast by the last week.

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The waxing Moon tracks from Jupiter to Saturn.

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