Uranus at Its Best, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in October
Great views of the distant ice giant and a dazzling meteor shower are among the top sky-watching sights this month.
October is jam-packed with sky-watching delights, from shooting stars created by a famed comet to a celestial dance featuring the moon, Mars, and Venus. The night skies will also showcase a far-flung planet at its best for the year, while early mornings will offer a lunar hide-and-seek with a brilliant star.
So dust off those binoculars, and mark your October calendar!
Early risers looking toward the low eastern sky an hour before local sunrise will be greeted by the planetary duo Venus and Mars. Try using binoculars to pierce the morning glow and pick out super-bright Venus from fainter, ruddy Mars as they seem to hover over the horizon.
On this night, the waning gibbous moon will be rising near local midnight