Main October astronomical events There will be two star showers, the first with much brighter skies than the second. There will also be a partial solar eclipse at the end of the month.
As is common with this type of astronomical event, an eclipse can only be seen from a very specific location on the planet. In fact, in this case, there will be several countries that can enjoy it, since it will only have good visibility in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Nevertheless, and as always, we will have wonderful nights to look at the sky, or for some compound interesting or just because it’s dark enough to see the sky unobstructed. There is no bad sky, just insufficient lighting.
First meteor shower: Draconids
October 7th we will have the maximum draconiansstellar rain from fragments left by a comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner. It is rather short because it expands from 6 to 10 October and even at the peak usually does not exceed 10 meteors per hour. Since, moreover, it will take place two days before the full moon, these astronomical events are not expected to get us too excited. In any case, any occasion is good to look at the sky.
There are no astronomical events without a full moon.
Full moon October 9 This will be the hunter’s moon. As usual, the name comes from the Native American legends that marked the beginning of cold weather, which means that it was time to start hunting in order to have meat supplies. Also, for obvious reasons, it is also known as Moon of dying grass.
Another Meteor Shower: The Orionids
This meteor shower comes from the remnants Halley’s Comet and it’s a bit more intense and long lasting than the previous one. It starts on October 2 and lasts until November 7, although it has its maximum in October 21 and 22. As for the number of meteors per hour, in a clear sky you can see up to 20. In three days we will have a new moon, so we will have much darker skies for these astronomical events.
A solar eclipse that only a few will like
the 25th of October, The moon will only cover part of the sun, so we’ll see a small cut in this. Nothing to do with when it gets completely dark. Since it will be visible from very few places, it is best to wait to see images the next day. Of course, if you are in one of these specific places, be sure to use protection to look at the Sun.
Planet dances not to be missed in astronomical events
As with all months of astronomical events, some conjunctions between planets or planets with the Moon cannot be missed.
For example, we will see the Moon with Saturn on October 5th, with Jupiter on the 8th and with Mars on the 15th, not forgetting that on the 12th we will enjoy the approach of our satellite and Uranus.
Source: Hiper Textual