This week Venus & Mercury are visible in the west just before sunset. Jupiter rises in the east just after sunset and is visible all night long. Mars rises around 2:00 am and is visible until dawn blots him from view. Saturn rises just before dawn. We also have the opportunity to watch the Moon with Mars on Oct 21st, the Moon with Saturn on the 26th and the Moon with Mercury & Venus on the 27th. It’s a great week for sky watching!
The Orionid Meteor Showers peak this week! Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through the trails of dust & debris left behind by comets. Earth passes through the dust trails of Haley’s Comet from October 17 – 25. Some of the debris will enter our atmosphere and Earth will burn it up. This is what causes the shooting star of effect of meteors. Meteor Showers are named after the constellation in which the shooting stars occur. So we will locate the Orionids in the constellation of Orion. Orion is fully above the horizon around midnight. Orion reaches the Zenith around 4:00 am. Around 4:00 a.m. is the peak viewing time. At 4:00 a.m. on October 21st the Orionids peak with about 20 meteors expected to enter our atmosphere at speeds of 41.6 miles per second. The shower is active until October 25th so you can see meteors up until then and you may have noticed some already. Orion sets around 10:00 a.m. and is possible to see meteors in the daylight if the meteors are very bright.
I want to also say that the time is LOCAL TIME. These times work in ANY time zone because it is relative to the sunset. Remember that constellations are not the same as signs and if you have any confusion about why your ephemeris lists the planets in different signs than you see them appearing in the constellations watch my first Observational Astrology Video where I explain why that is. No zodiac is wrong. Constellations are different than signs.
Watch the video to locate the planets and Orion in the night sky this week. Happy Sky Watching and thank you for tuning in!
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Here’s to clear nights!