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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

October 15, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    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.

  • October 16:

    The bright, bluish-white star Vega is due west and very high at 8:00 PM EDT. Vega is one of the nearer stars to us, at a distance of 26 light years. This young star is tinted blue because it is very hot, burning up its fuel much faster than our Sun.

  • October 17:

    Directly overhead this evening at 7:45 PM is Deneb, the tail of the Swan, or the top of the Northern Cross. Don’t mistake it for the brighter Vega, located toward the west.

Star Charts

  • September 30, 2018 - October 15, 2018:

    The Northern Circumpolar (circling the North Star, Polaris) constellations during the evenings in October

    The Northern Circumpolar (circling the North Star, Polaris) constellations during the evenings in October