October: A Month of Meteor Showers And When A Nebula and Planets Become Visible

Admin | Published 2016-10-05 08:41
This month is going to be great for stargazers! As of this moment, Earth is passing through the tail of debris which is left behind by Halley’s Comet. It might sound terrifying but it’s not! In fact, October is going to be awesome as this phenomenon results to the Oronid meteor shower until Nov. 7. The meteor shower will hit its peak on Oct. 21 morning so expect to see of up to 20 meteors in an hour. According to Earth Sky, since it’s going to be a bright moon during that period, the best time to witness the spectacular event is at pre-dawn from now until Oct.15. Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s comet twice each year. If we remember, Earth travelled through the debris which caused the Eta Aquarids shower in May. In order to see meteors this Oct., you have to get up early and head out before the sun has risen. Meteors will look that they originated from the Orion constellation in the night sky but you will still see them no matter where you look – just be on the alert. To prepare your eyes for stargazing, find somewhere dark for about 20 minutes before you begin looking at the skies. Now for those who aren’t excited about meteor showers, maybe you’ll find it interesting to see a nebula with your own eyes. Yes, lucky for those living in the southern hemisphere, this might just happen to you – to witness the birthplace of stars. The Tarantula Nebula will be visible throughout this month. It is located near the Large and Small Magellanic clouds or LMC which is the brightest and largest neighboring galaxies that are visible from the southern hemisphere. Ian Musgrave told ABC Science, "To find them, face due south, and let your eye travel up from the Southern Cross towards the only bright star high above the south (Achernar), you'll see a brightish patch of light. Just below that you will see a bigger brightest patch." If you have a pair of binoculars, you will be able to see some stars that are embedded in the nebula. But still, you can witness the bottom brightest patch or the Tarantula Nebula with your naked eye. Additionally, Oct. 28 is another great date you have to watch out for. Venus will appear to be lining up right next to Saturn. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you will get to see Mercury in the east just before dawn. According to EarthSky, the best time to see Mercury will be on the second week of Oct. when Jupiter will rise to meet Mercury on Oct.11.
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