The Sky Above You – October 2019 - By Duncan Lunan
The Moon will be Full on October 13th, New on October 28th. It will pass through the Hyades Open Cluster in Taurus on October 17th, and through the Praesepe cluster in Cancer on the morning of the 22nd.
The planet Mercury is in the evening sky in October, at greatest elongation from the Sun on the 20th, but very low and setting about 5.30 p.m. (BST, ending on October 27th).
Venus appears low in the evening sky in late October, setting only minutes after Mercury, with the Moon very near on the 29th. On October 30th the thin crescent Moon is between Venus and Jupiter.
Mars in Virgo rises about 6 a.m. in late October. The Moon appears near Mars on October 26th.
Jupiter in Ophiucus sets about 8.30 p.m. in October, near the Moon on the 3rd and 31st.
Saturn in Sagittarius sets about 10.30 p.m. in October. The Moon is near Saturn on October 5th.
Uranus in Aries is at opposition on October 28th, at its nearest to us for the year and due south at midnight.
Neptune in Aquarius sets at about 4 a.m. in October.
The Orionid meteor shower from Halley’s Comet peaks on the night of 21/22nd October, with some interference from moonlight. Taurid meteors can be seen throughout October and November, along with occasional meteors from the Leonid shower which peaks on November 17/18th.
Duncan Lunan’s new book “From the Moon to the Stars”, a collection of space travel stories old and new relating to the Moon and Project Apollo, is now available from the publishers at https://othersidebooks.wordpress.com, as well as on Amazon or through booksellers; details of that and his other books are on Duncan’s website, www.duncanlunan.com.