Current Night Sky: October 2019

The Moon & Planets: 
Moon and Saturn
Orionid meteors
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, WSW
  • Mercury, SW
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, S
  • Neptune, ESE
  • Uranus, ENE
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Uranus, SW
  • Mars, ESE

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 currently visible.


The Orionid meteors peak on October 21/22. Unfortunately, that is less than a day after the Last Quarter Moon, and the Moon's glow will be enough to drown out the fainter meteors. You might find that you see only half the usual number of 20 meteors per hour.

Phases of the Moon: 
First Quarter Moon October 5 12:47 pm EDT
Full Moon October 13 5:08 pm EDT
Last Quarter Moon October 21 8:39 pm EDT
New Moon October 27 11:38 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.