Sky Watch: October 2016

Stargazing and the Night Sky

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In the October 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Sky Watch October 2016

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac

October highlights of the night sky:

  • The Moon passes above Venus on the 3rd, to the right of Saturn on the 5th, and above Mars on the 7th and 8th. 
  • Mars hits magnitude zero and races into Sagittarius.
  • Mercury remains visible low in the predawn sky for the first 2 weeks of October. It forms a tight conjunction with returning Jupiter on the 11th. 
  • The pair of Mercury at magnitude –1 and Jupiter at –1.7 is gorgeous, although very low 40 minutes before sunrise. 
  • Uranus reaches opposition in Pisces on the 15th; seeing the Green Planet usually requires binoculars. 
  • After midnight early on the 19th, bright Aldebaran is occulted by the Moon, an event visible in the southern and eastern United States.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Sky Map October 2016

sky-map-oct-2016-720_half_width.pngUse 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 free October Sky Map!


The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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