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Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch October 2014

by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

  • Mercury starts as a low, poor evening star, then vanishes and emerges from its chrysalis as a better morning star, low in the east before sunrise at month’s end.
  • Venus does the opposite, ending its interminable low morning star apparition to reach superior conjunction on the 25th.
  • On the 7th, Uranus has its opposition in Pisces at magnitude 5.8, on the threshold of naked eye visibility. 

Total Eclipse of the Moon

October 8 brings the year’s second total lunar eclipse visible from the United States and Canada, with the West Coast again favored. The partial eclipse starts at 5:14 A.M., with totality starting at 6:25 A.M. On the 23rd, most of North America can see a partial solar eclipse just before sunset. Make sure to use eye protection. See more on our Eclipse page.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of the 2015 Almanac here.

Sky Map October 2014

Use our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you're seeing when you look up!

Click here for our October Sky Map page!

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Did someone else see a

By robert j. on October 18

Did someone else see a extremely brite meteor streaking from north-northeast mabey a little higher than the north star being to the right of same star? I watched a extremely white-brite streak lasting @ least 3 seconds around 11:35-11:40pm on Friday Oct.17th. This lite streak seemed very close to earth like maybe 90-100 thousand feet-I thought mabey a satillite had fallen out of orbit being as close as this comet like ball of streaking lite was!

I did see something, meteor

By Cyndi S on October 19

I did see something, meteor or shooting star or ???, Friday night (10/17) around 8:30p here in San Antonio, Texas. It did seem the "streak of bright light with a tail" was close to earth and zipped just above the tree tops... it was really awesome and I'm glad I got to see it! ;-p

I did see something, meteor

By Cyndi S on October 18

I did see something, meteor or shooting star or ???, Friday night (10/17) around 8:30p here in San Antonio, Texas. It did seem the "streak of bright light with a tail" was close to earth and zipped just above the tree tops... it was really awesome and I'm glad I got to see it! ;-p

There was a ball of light

By saryn kennedy on October 3

There was a ball of light falling from the sky last night(oct 2 2014 @ aprox.8:40pm) in bayside California was this seen by anyone watching the sky for these types of events???please get back to me...it was really crazy..ive never seen anything like it..it almost fell slowly.

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