Spooky sky-watching for Halloween

Here’s how families can check out cosmic monsters and ghouls while trick-or-treating.

Even though trick-or-treaters will often be looking down into their bags to see what kind of candy they scored, looking up will give them a treat as well. Two minor meteor showers—the Northern and Southern Taurids—will peak around Halloween night and send eye-catching fireballs across the sky.

In fact, the night sky is filled with all sorts of cosmic monsters, ghouls, and giants this time of year, if you know where and when to look. Check out these stargazing treats—all of which can be seen with the naked eye—your little ghouls and goblins can find if they dare to gaze up.

With the head of a dragon and the body of a fish, Cetus is a terrifying monster in Greek mythology that was slain by Perseus while rescuing Andromeda. (She had been chained to a rocky shore as a sacrifice to Cetus.)

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