Stargazing for October 2021

A Mid-Month Triangle and the Hunter's Moon

October 1, 2021
Moon and Girl

Saturn, Jupiter, and the Quarter Moon

On October 14, the planets Jupiter and Saturn meet the just-past-first-quarter Moon to form a triangle of bright objects in the sky. The Moon sits in the upper middle, brilliant Jupiter to the lower left, and Saturn on the lower right. These three, now conveniently grouped together and optimally illuminated, offer the finest targets for small bakcyard telescopes!

The Hunter’s Moon

October’s full Moon, called the Hunter’s Moon, arrives on Wednesday, October 20. This full Moon gets its name from the idea that now is when animals are foraging and bulking up for winter, so it’s the best time for hunters to venture out and do the same. Read more about the full Moon here.