In the Sky: October 2018
October is a special month when NASA encourages everyone to observe and learn about the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.

“Come take a look at the Moon.”  John Dobson, ambassador to the stars, who invented public viewing star parties and the Dobsonian telescope design.

Oct.   8    This is the best night for the fickle Draconid meteor shower.  A meteor every few minutes may seem to come from high in the northern sky.  However, the number varies greatly from year to year, but there is no need to wait until after midnight to see the most meteors.   

Oct. 11     The crescent Moon will be above brilliant Jupiter in the early evening.

Oct. 12    The Moon will be to the upper right of Antares, the bright reddish heart of Scorpius (the Scorpion).

Oct. 13      Star party sponsored by Hoover Middle School, at their Observatory, 630 Hillcrest Rd, Waterloo, IA, 9:00-10:30. 

Oct. 14     The Moon will be to the right of bright Saturn and above the Teapot in Sagittarius (the Archer).
Oct. 17    The Moon will be to the upper right of bright, orange Mars.  The Moon will move in its orbit and be to the left of Mars on the 18th.

Oct. 20     International Observe the Moon Night.  Try to get outside and observe the Moon.

Oct. 26    The Moon will be close to the upper right of Aldebaran, the bright reddish eye of Taurus (the Bull), as they rise at about 9:00.   They will pass through the sky together and be high in the west as dawn breaks.  Notice how far the Moon has moved eastward during the night.ecial interest is the continuation of the parade of bright planets.