Current Night Sky: October 2018

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

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.


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

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.