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Spot moon, Antares, Saturn after sunset

Most everyone worldwide should spot the young moon after sundown, with Antares and Saturn nearby. Miss ’em tonight? No worries. They’ll be close the next few evenings.

Keep watching for Orionid meteors

Meteor showers last for several weeks, as Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet. The Orionids might have peaked Saturday morning, but Sunday morning should be good, too.

Watch for Taurid fireballs, too

North and South Taurid meteor showers happen simultaneously in late October and November. They’re relatively minor showers, but produce a high percentage of fireballs, or bright meteors.

Star of the week: Deneb Kaitos

Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.

Orionid meteor shower peak tonight!

This weekend is an awesome time to look for meteors in the annual Orionid shower. They’ll probably most prolific in the hours before dawn on October 21.

Uranus at opposition on October 19

Opposition for Uranus – or any outer planet – means it’s opposite the sun in our sky, rising at sunset. The new moon provides a dark night for viewing this faint world.

Bright star Deneb transits at nightfall

When the sun or a star transits, it’s at its highest in the sky. Deneb’s transit at nightfall marks a shift toward winter – or summer – depending on where you are.

Watch for zodiacal light, or false dawn

Watch for this eerie light about 2 hours before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere. From the Southern Hemisphere, watch for it after sunset.

Keep watching moon, Venus, Mars

The best views of the moon and planets before dawn are happening now!

Moon, Venus, Mars next few mornings

Don’t miss the moon’s sweep past dazzling Venus and much fainter Mars, east before sunup. Lovely to view, and you might get a sense of the moon in orbit.