Stargazing This Week: What to See in The Sky?

( Enjoy shining planets, spectacular meteors, and bright stars of the week! )

The waning Moon

Now that it has passed its full phase, the Moon will be waning and rising later every night — leaving early evening skies moonless and darker for skywatchers all over the world. On Tuesday night, the Moon will land to the left of the bright orange star Aldebaran, the fiery eye of Taurus. On Wednesday night, the Moon will shift to sit above the medium-bright star named Zeta (ζ) Tauri marking the tip of the southerly horn of the Bull. The famous Crab Nebula supernova remnant, also known as Messier 1, will be located about midway between the Moon and that star.

Mars is close to the Earth

On Monday night, and into Tuesday morning, Mars was very close to the Earth. Next time it will be this close only in 2035. That means that virtually any size of a telescope can show you Mars’ ruddy disk — and perhaps some surface markings! Take advantage of every clear night this week to see Mars at its largest. The next week Mars will reach opposition and appear at its brightest — follow our news and you won’t miss this spectacular event.

See the shining planets

Not long after 7 p.m. local time, very bright, white Jupiter will pop into view in the lower part of the southern sky. A short time after that, dimmer, yellowish Saturn will appear nearby — sitting to Jupiter’s left.

Draconids Meteor Shower Peaks

The Draconids Meteor Shower, which runs between October 6 and 10 every year, will peak overnight on Wednesday, October 7. The best time to watch for Draconids will be after dusk when the shower’s radiant in the constellation Draco will be sitting high in the northern sky. Learn more about this and other October’s meteor showers in our upcoming article!

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