Current Night Sky: October 2018

The Moon & Planets: 
October sky chart
Orionid meteors
Uranus
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Mercury, SW
  • Venus, SW
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, SW
  • Mars, S
  • Neptune, SE
  • Uranus, E
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Uranus, W
Comets: 

The comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner may attain magnitude 7, making it a fine telescopic object. A word of caution, however: the orbits and positions of comets can be predicted with considerable accuracy, but brightness estimates are notoriously unreliable.

Meteors: 

The Orionid meteor shower peaks on October 21. After the Moon sets, you may see up to 20 meteors per hour.

Phases of the Moon: 
Last Quarter Moon October 2 5:45 am EDT
New Moon October 8 11:47 pm EDT
First Quarter Moon October 16 2:02 pm EDT
Full Moon October 24 12:45 pm EDT
Last Quarter Moon October 31 12:40 pm EDT

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