Desert Evenings: Saturn leaves, Venus shines in October
By the end of this month, we lose Saturn as an evening “star.” But Venus, slowly inching higher and brighter, is the most brilliant evening object. Jupiter (in Taurus) and Mars remain morning “stars.”
There are two meteor showers this month: The Draconid occurs late evening on Oct. 9. The more remarkable Orionid occurs on Oct. 21 and 22, pre-dawn. There is also a disappointing penumbral (partial) lunar eclipse on Oct. 18. Capricorn (the goat), Aquarius (the water-carrier), and Pisces (the fishes) — the so-called water signs — end the march of the zodiac in the evening sky, and Aries (the ram) begins its ascent. Overhead are Pegasus (the flying horse) and Andromeda (the nearest galaxy to our own Milky Way).
See you next month, when things will start to be more exciting!