Welcome to the October 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch October 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- Saturn, the only remaining evening star, begins the month low in the southwest at dusk and vanishes by month’s end.
- Low in the predawn eastern sky on the 1st is a worthy sight for insomniacs—a dramatic vertical lineup of planets: (from bottom to top) Jupiter, Mars, Leo’s bright star Regulus, and Venus.
- From the 8th to the 11th, Mercury and the Moon join the festivities. Mercury is much lower than the others. The waning crescent Moon pays each planet a call on successive mornings: Venus, with Regulus to its left, on the 8th; Mars on the 9th; Jupiter on the 10th; and Mercury on the 11th.
- Uranus reaches opposition on the 11th.
- Venus and Jupiter are very close on the 25th.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac—just released!
Sky Map October 2015
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