The ecliptic the path of the sun, moon, planets and zodiac signs is drifting further south with each passing day. Zodiacal constellations include Sagittarius (the archer), Capricorn (the goat) and the "water signs," Aquarius and Pisces.


High overhead is the great square of Pegasus (the flying horse), Andromeda (the nearest galaxy to our own Milky Way) and M-31, still further away. To the north is Cassiopeia (the old woman in a rocking chair) characterized by a giant "W." The swath of the Milky Way passes through "her."


Mars (in Leo) is our sole morning star. Saturn reaches conjunction with the sun on Oct. 13 and then passes into the morning sky.


Note the "fireworks" from the Draconid Meteor Shower late evening on Oct. 9, in the northwest sky.


The Orionid Meteor Shower takes place not far before dawn on Oct. 21 and 22. This year you won't be able to see a witch crossing the moon on Halloween, since the moon is less than first quarter.


See you next month!