#astronomy October 2019: Big Planets & Bits of Comet

October 1, 2019 - Comment

This month’s Sky Tour guides you to shut pairings of the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn, fascinating stars and constellations, and bits of Halley’s Comet. This episode is sponsored by Celestron, producer of high-quality telescopes and an trade chief in creating thrilling optical merchandise with revolutionary applied sciences. LISTEN HERE: Podcast: Play in new window


This month’s Sky Tour guides you to shut pairings of the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn, fascinating stars and constellations, and bits of Halley’s Comet.

Celestron logoThis episode is sponsored by Celestron, producer of high-quality telescopes and an trade chief in creating thrilling optical merchandise with revolutionary applied sciences.

LISTEN HERE:

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The Moon pairs fantastically with Jupiter on October third and with Saturn two evenings later.
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As you may hear throughout this month’s Sky Tour, Jupiter stays the main mild after night twilight fades, glowing brightly within the southwest. It units about 3½ hours after sundown as October begins and 2½ because it ends. Preserve an eye fixed out for a lot dimmer Antares a number of levels to Jupiter’s decrease proper. Saturn is dimmer and located to Jupiter’s left by about 2½ instances the width of your clenched fist held at arm’s size. Look ahead to a shocking pairing of Jupiter and a crescent Moon on October third and a fair nearer pairing of Saturn with the first-quarter Moon on the fifth.

Do an about-face to look northward, and you will spot the Huge Dipper near the horizon. Its bowl is on the appropriate, and its deal with is protruding towards the left. The Sky Tour’s easy-to-follow narrative tells you use the Huge Dipper to seek out Polaris, the North Star, and the distinctive “W” of Cassiopeia.

Excessive overhead are the three extensively spaced stars of the Summer season Triangle. The nook of the triangle farthest west is marked by Vega within the tidy constellation referred to as Lyra, the Lyre or Harp. Farther east is the star Deneb. It marks the tail of an enormous swan, Cygnus. The triangle’s third star is Altair, the pinnacle of a celestial eagle referred to as Aquila that’s winging towards the Swan.

Taurid meteor radiants

Skywatchers have decided that two Taurid meteor streams exist. Their respective radiants migrate over a big stretch of sky throughout October and November.
S&T diagram; supply: IMO

October gives an opportunity to observe two modest meteor showers. First come the Taurids, bits of mud shed by a comet referred to as Encke, which gives one peak on the evening of October 10th and a second round October 20th.

The second meteor show, referred to as the Orionids, is one other long-running bathe that culminates on the evening of October 22nd. These meteors are created as Earth crosses the orbit of Halley’s Comet, permitting little bits of mud shed by this well-known comet to slam into our ambiance. When are the most effective instances to search for Orionid meteors? Hearken to the Sky Tour to seek out out!

For an enchanting naked-eye tour of the foremost sky sights in October night skies, play or obtain this month’s Sky Tour episode.



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