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 2020.
Southern Taurids 10/9 - 20/11 10/10 less than 5 per hour. Often with fireballs N
Orionids 1/10 - 6/11 21/10 25 per hour NE
Draconids 7/10 - 11/10 8/10 10 per hour N
Northern Taurids 20/10 - 10/12 13/11 less than 5 per hour N
Best observed after midnight
Mercury - Too low and lost in the Sun's glare to be visible during October
Venus - Begins the month in Leo. Rises around 330am in the East. Very bright.
Mars - is retrograding in Pisces and comes into opposition on 13th. Mars is closer to the Earth this month than its been for 2 years. Mars outshines everything else in the sky this month and is visible all night long.
Jupiter - remains in Sagittarius. Is low in the SW after sunset and sets around 1030pm. Is very bright.
Saturn - moving eastwards in Sagittarius. It lies to the left of Jupiter and sets around 11pm.
Uranus - comes into opposition in Aries on 31st and is at it's brightest this year. You can observe it through binoculars throughout the night.
Neptune - is in Aquarius. You can spot it with binoculars or a telescope. It sets around 4am.
European spacecraft BepiColombo swings past Venus on its way to Mercury this month.
Square of Pegasus constellation dominates the Southern sky with Andromeda galaxy attached to its side
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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