Astronomy Events in 2017

 

Astronomy Events in October 2017 

The stars are 'back' ! 
If the clouds clear, grab your binoculars and take a good look this month.

October

1      M31 is well placed
5      Conjunction of Venus and Mars
5      Full Moon
13    Close approach of the Moon and M44
14    M33 is well placed
18    Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
18    Conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury
19    Uranus at opposition
20    Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury


21    Orionid meteor shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing
        up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains
        left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed
        since ancient times. The shower runs annually from 2 October to
        7 November. It peaks this year on the night between 21 and 22 October.
       The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for
        what should be a good show. Meteors will radiate from Orion, but can
        appear anywhere in the sky.


26    NGC 869 is well placed
27    NGC 884 is well placed

 

For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please also visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide for October 2017