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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

October 20, 2019

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    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 waxing Gibbous Moon shines most of the night, interfering with ideal viewing, though even a few meteors are an exciting addition to any evening gazing at the heavens.

  • 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 Last Quarter Moon rises just after midnight, interfering with ideal viewing.

  • October 22:

    Autumn has not discouraged the Summer Triangle, just given us a different view. Overhead in the summer, look for the faintest of the three stars, Deneb, nearly overhead this evening, while Altair shines in the southwest, and the bluish-white Vega gleams sharply, high in the west.