November guide to the bright planets

In November 2018, Mercury and Jupiter might be possible to spot in the glow of evening twilight. Mars and Saturn shine each evening, all month. Venus beams mightily in the east before daybreak, reaching greatest brilliancy before this month ends.

Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

Halloween originated in part from an old Druid rite connected with the Pleiades. They thought the veil between life and death was thinnest when the Pleaides reaches its highest point in the sky at midnight, around October 31 every year.

See it! Hunter’s Moon 2018

Photos from the EarthSky Community of the glorious full Hunter’s Moon in the October night sky. Thanks to all who submitted!

Look for constellation Cassiopeia the Queen

It’s an easy constellations to identify. On these October evenings, look for Cassiopeia the Queen high in the northeast sky, not far from the North Star.

All you need to know: 2018’s Hunter’s Moon

The coming full moon – Hunter’s Moon for the Northern Hemisphere – is October 24. Will it be bigger, brighter, more colorful? All you need to know here.

Venus passages compared

Venus will sweep near the sun in our sky (inferior conjunction) on October 26. Astronomer Guy Ottewell uses his great skill at illustration to compare this passage of Venus with the last one, and the next one.

The Draconids did have an outburst

Experts had said “no outburst” predicted for the 2018 Draconids. But, since the parent comet had recently passed near, observers knew to watch anyway.

All you need to know: Orionid meteor shower

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2018, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before dawn!

Are asteroids hiding among the Taurids?

And, more to the point, are any asteroids that might be hidden in the Taurid meteor stream potentially hazardous to Earth?

South Taurid meteors to peak in October?

The South Taurid meteor shower rarely produces more than 5 meteors per hour, but it’s been known to produce fireballs. The shower is long-running. Watch for these meteors in October and November.