Monday, October 8, 2012

Upcoming Space Events in October 2012

October 20Astronomy Day Part 2
Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is "Bringing Astronomy to the People," and on this day astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can find out about special local events by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium.

October 15: New Moon
The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth.

October 21, 22Orionids Meteor Shower
The Orionids is an average shower producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. This shower usually peaks on the 21st, but it is highly irregular. A good show could be experienced on any morning from October 20 - 24, and some meteors may be seen any time from October 17 - 25. The first quarter moon will set by midnight, leaving a dark sky for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be to the east after midnight. Be sure to find a dark location far from city lights.

October 29Full Moon
The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth.

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