This Month’s Sky – October 2016


What’s Up in the Sky
AAA Observers’ Guide
By Tony Faddoul

October’s Evening Planets: Mars will be between in Sagittarius the Archer until around 10 PM. Saturn will be in Scorpio until 10 PM and setting earlier every night until 8 by the end of October. Bright Venus will be between Cancer the Crab and Scorpio the Scorpion after sunset until around 8 PM. Dwarf Pluto is in Sagittarius the Archer until 10 PM. Uranus will be in Pisces the Fish and Neptune is in Aquarius the Water.

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. Spot Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion and Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman will be up until 8 PM. Bright Capella is in Auriga the Charioteer and Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. Spot the stars of constellations Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Draco, Sagittarius, Pegasus, Hercules, Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, Capricornus and the two Dippers throughout the month.

October’s Morning Planets: Uranus will be in Pisces the Fish. Neptune is in Aquarius the Water Bearer until 4 AM and setting earlier every night. Mercury will be in Virgo the Maiden towards east in the first half of October after 5 AM. Jupiter will be in Virgo the Maiden around 5:30 in the second half of October.

October’s Morning Stars: Sirius, the brightest star from Earth, will be up until the morning in Canis Major the Great Dog. Spot Capella in Auriga the charioteer, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull, Betelgeuse and Rigel in Orion the Hunter, and the stars of Aries, Gemini, Orion, Pisces, Pegasus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Cetus, Draco, Perseus, Leo, and the two Dippers.

October Skylights
Oct 4 Moon at apogee (252,300 miles away)
Oct 6 Moon is 4° north of Saturn
Oct 9 First Quarter Moon at 12:32 AM
Oct 9 Draconid meteor shower peaks – predawn
Oct 10 Mercury is 1° north of Jupiter – sunrise
Oct 15 Uranus at opposition
Oct 16 Full Moon at 12:23 PM (Super moon)
Oct 16 Moon at perigee (222,300 miles away)
Oct 21 Orionid Meteor Shower peaks – predawn
Oct 22 Last quarter moon at 3:13 PM
Oct 30 New Moon at 1:38 PM
Oct 31 Moon at apogee (252,700 miles away)