October Astronomy

The Moon tours the evening planets in the south and east from the 5th through the 14th.

The Moon tours the evening planets in the south and east from the 5th through the 14th.

October 5, 2022| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

As shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northeast to greet the rising star Capella.  Summer’s bright star Arcturus sets in the west.  Meanwhile, the southern and eastern skies host the three visible outer planets, Saturn in the south, the brilliant Jupiter southeast, and the brightening Mars rising in the east by 9 o’clock, later in the month.  Mercury climbs into the east, offering its best morning views of the year from the 8th through the 15th, near 6:10 AM EDT.

  • First Quarter Moon on the 2nd
  • Full “Hunter’s” Moon on the 9th
  • Last Quarter Moon on the 17th
  • New Moon on the 25th

Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!

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