This Month’s Sky – October 2015

AAA Observers’ Guide
By Tony Faddoul

October’s Evening Planets: Saturn will be in Libra the Scales for one hour after sunset. Neptune is in Aquarius the Water Bearer and Uranus in Pisces the Fish all night. Dwarf planet Pluto is in Sagittarius the Archer until 10 PM.

October’s Evening Stars: Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle until around 1:00 AM. Bright Capella in Auriga the charioteer will be up all night. Spot the stars of constellations Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Cepheus, Draco, Sagittarius, Pegasus, Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, Pisces, Capricornus, and the two Dippers.

October’s Morning Planets: Find bright Venus be-tween Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion around 3 AM until sunrise. Mars and Jupiter will be in Leo the Lion from 4 AM until sunrise. Mercury is in Virgo the Virgin in around 6 AM in the middle of October. Uranus will be in Pisces the Fish until sunrise.

October’s Morning Stars: Spot the Winter Triangle; Sirius, the brightest star viewed from Earth in Canis Major the Great Dog, Betelgeuse in Orion the Hunter and Procyon in Canis Minor the Small Dog. Spot Capella in Auriga the charioteer, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull, and the stars of Aries, Gemini, Orion, Pisces, Pegasus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, Perseus, and the two Dippers.

Octobers “Skylights”
Oct 4 Last Quarter Moon at 5:05 PM
Oct 8 Mercury is Stationary, sunset
Oct 9 Jupiter is 3° north of the Moon, sunset
Oct 11 Moon at apogee (252,520 miles away)
Oct 12 New Moon at 8:06 PM
Oct 20 First Quarter Moon at 4:30 PM
Oct 22 Orionid meteor shower peaks, pre-dawn
Oct 26 Venus is 1° south of Jupiter, pre-dawn
Oct 26 Moon at perigee (221,740 miles away)
Oct 27 Full Moon at 8:05 AM
Times given in EDT