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The Shallow Sky

Planets in October

Akkana Peck


In October, we finally welcome the big gas giants back into our evening skies.

Saturn rises in mid-evening and is visible for most of the night, a few months before its December opposition. Its rings still show the generous tilt they've displayed for the past few years; expect another good year of observing its beautiful ring system.

Jupiter rises around midnight and will be low in the sky for observing this month ... but at least Jupiter fans can whet their appetites for the coming months.

Neptune and Uranus are both still in Capricornus, a couple of months past opposition, and visible most of the night to any observer with a small telescope or binoculars.

Both Mars and Mercury are visible with difficulty in the predawn sky for most of the month, but will be too small to show any detail to the telescopic observer. Venus has ended its nice evening apparition, and is now too close to the sun to be visible this month; Pluto, in the early evening sky, is possible but difficult.


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