A lot of astronomical events are happening in October.
From two weather showers, a view of Mars and Uranus and a very rare blue moon, the whole family can be guaranteed to see many spectacles.
As long as there is a clear sky, you will be able to see these showers, planets and the moon with the naked eye.
So, be sure to write down the dates in your diary that you may miss.
Meters of rain
- October 8 – Draconids Meter Shower
This meter shower is usually a minor one, although there have been great exceptions in the past – including 2018.
This dust is created by dust debris left by comet Gicobini-Zinner.
This year’s shower is on the night of October 8-9 and is best seen at night, in contrast to most rain showers where activity is usually highest after midnight.
One of the most famous and most reliable weather showers, Orionides this year on the night of October 21 and 22, between midnight and morning.
Meteors are fast with good vehicles and are made of wreckage from Haley’s comet. You can expect to see a peak of 20 per hour.
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Tue – 13 October
The best time to see the Red Planet is on October 13 because it is closest to Earth.
It will see the brightest and best Mars in the night sky and you should be able to see some details on the surface of the planet with medium sized binoculars.
Uranus – 31 October
This date is the best night to visit Uranus as it faces the sun.
You may be able to see if you live with much less light pollution.
Look for the green disk in the sky.
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Rare blue moon – October 31
On Halloween, we will also be treated to the Blue Hunter Moon.
Although the moon will not actually appear blue, it will be a full moon.
A blue moon comes once every two to three years, so make sure you get a glimpse of Halloween.