Moonless Mornings bring Zodiacal Light, Perusing Ice Giants, and Will the Dragon Roar?

(Above: The inner planets Mercury and Venus will be visible with difficulty just after sunset, and low in the western evening sky, this week. The sky is shown here at 7 pm local time.)
(Above: Bright, reddish Mars and dimmer, yellowish Saturn are prominent in the southern evening sky this week, as shown here at 7:45 pm local time)
(Above: The ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune are at peak visibility nowadays. They are all-night targets in Pisces and Aquarius, respectively. The sky is shown for 8:45 pm local time.)
(Above: The constellation of Cygnus occupies the zenith region of the sky during October evenings. Moonless periods are ideal times to look at nebulae — glowing clouds of cold molecular hydrogen gas. The North America Nebula is located near the bright star Deneb, and the enormous supernova remnant Veil Nebula is below the bright star Aljanah, aka Gienah and Epsilon Cygni.)

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