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See the moon near Saturn, October 4 and 5
You can spot the moon near Saturn on the evenings of October 4 and 5, 2022. The moon is waxing, heading toward full phase.
Space
Sputnik launched 65 years ago
The Soviet Union launched the Sputnik I satellite into Earth orbit on October 4, 1957. Sputnik’s unassuming beep ushered in the Space Age 65 years ago.
Space

Launches: SpaceX Starlink launches for October. Watch here

SpaceX's next Starlink launch will take flight at 23:48 UTC on October 4 from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Watch here.
Space

Heatwave on Jupiter, from its aurora

Scientists have discovered a heatwave on Jupiter, thought to be generated and driven by the giant planet's mighty auroras.
Space

Moon’s wandering poles revealed in new study

A new study from scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center "erased craters" to better understand the moon's wandering poles over time.
Astronomy Essentials

Mercury before sunup in October. Great for Northern Hemisphere!

Watch for Mercury in the east before sunup in October 2022. Mercury reaches greatest elongation on October 8 and remains bright through the end of the month.
Space

The Wow! Signal: New search comes up empty

Scientists with Breakthrough Listen conducted a new search around a sun-like star for the famous Wow! Signal from 1977. Unfortunately, they heard nothing.
Human World
Space

Launches: Crew-5 arrives in Florida for ISS launch

In Launches: The Crew-5 mission team arrived at KSC on October 1, 2022, in anticipation of liftoff to the International Space Station on October 5.
Tonight

Moon occults Uranus on October 12

The moon occults Uranus from some locations after midnight on October 12, 2022. No matter where you are, the gibbous moon can help you spot Uranus that night.
Human World
Space

Launches: Firefly makes 3rd try to launch load of CubeSats

In Launches: Firefly Aerospace will make another attempt - its 3rd - to launch its Alpha rocket very early on October 1, 2022.