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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

October 20, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    This evening at 8:00 in the northeast, the brilliant star Capella rises well to the left of another rising collection of stars, the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. Looking above Capella and the Pleiades, a modestly bright star Mirfak, marks the head of the Greek mythological hero Perseus.

  • October 21:

    The Orionid Meteor Shower reaches its peak over the next two nights, best seen in the hours after midnight. The fragments of rock are part of debris released by Halley’s Comet, producing some 10 to 20 meteors per hour. The thin Crescent Moon in the evening means dark skies, the meteors most numerous after midnight.

  • October 22:

    The Milky Way, arched from southwest to northeast, is home to the Teapot of Sagittarius, above the south-southwest horizon near 7:15 PM, with Saturn to the right, and a thin Crescent Moon lowering toward the horizon. Its triangular lid, handle on the left, and spout on the right, is a relatively recognizable pattern, right in the middle of the star clouds in the Milky Way.

Star Charts

  • October 10, 2017 - October 23, 2017:

    Draco, the Dragon in the evening skies of October

    Draco, the Dragon in the evening skies of October

  • October 22, 2017 - October 28, 2017:

    Watching the waxing Crescent Moon track across the southern skies this week.

    Watching the waxing Crescent Moon track across the southern skies this week.