October Astronomy

October Astronomy

September 28, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

October nights lengthen, welcoming a great view of the Milky Way arched from southwest to northeast, its subtle beauty anchored by the Summer Triangle in the southwest, and the rising star Capella in the northeast.  The Draconid Meteor shower peaks near the 9th, while the Orionid Meteor shower peaks near the 21st.  Venus quickly disappears this month, while Jupiter lingers low in the southwest.  Saturn remains a bit higher near the “Teapot” of Sagittarius, while Mars – considerably fainter – still commands our attention low in the south.

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