In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for October 2021.

  • 3rd Moon near star Regulus ESE 6am
  • 6th New Moon
  • 9th Moon close to Venus with star Antares to the left SW 645pm
  • 10th Moon near star Antares SSW 645pm
  • 13th Saturn is to the left of the Moon and Jupiter is to the left of Saturn SSW 9pm
  • 14th Moon lies below and between Jupiter (left) and Saturn (right) S 9pm
  • 15th Jupiter is close to the Moon S 9pm
  • 16th Venus near star Antares SW 7pm
  • 20th Full Moon
  • 21st/22nd Peak of Orionid meteor shower NE best after Midnight
  • 22nd Moon bear star cluster The Pleiades E 11pm
  • 23rd Moon passes over the star cluster The Hyades and star Aldebaran E 10pm
  • 27th Moon near twin stars Castor and Pollux ENE 1130pm
  • 28th Moon near star cluster Praesepe NE 1130pm
  • 30th Moon near star Regulus ESE 6am
  • 31st British summer Time ends. Clocks go back 1 hour.

Planets :- 

Venus  - sets about 730pm. Getting brighter in the SW. Through a telescope you will see Venus'sshape changing gradually through the month. It us half lit on the 28th and then shrinks to a crescent.

Saturn - is in Capricornus in SW. Sets around midnight.

Jupiter - is to the left of Saturn in Capricornus in SW. It sets around 2am. 

Neptune - is in Aquarius. Sets around 4.30am.

Uranus  - is in Aries in the SE and rises about 6.30pm.

Mercury  - appears low in the east before dawn in the middle of October. Throughout the month it brightens becoming easier to spot, by the end if the month it rises at 5.25pm.

Mars  - lost in the Sun's glare this month.


Meteor showers:-

Southern Taurids 10/9 to 20/11 Peaks 10/10 Numbers <5

Orionids 1/10 to 6/11 Peaks 21/10 Numbers 25

Draconids 7/10 to 11/10  Peaks 8-9/10 Numbers variable

Northern Taurids 20/10 to 10/12 Peaks 12/11 Numbers 25

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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