Monthly Notes

October 1, 2022

If you get up in the morning when it is still dark, look west to see a bright star—it is very noticeable and not a star but the planet Jupiter.

And, October is a great month to comfortably view Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope when it first gets dark because both are up high in the southern sky—and high enough above the horizon to provide sharp images. When the planets are close to the horizon, they usually appear fuzzy in telescopes because they are being viewed through more and lower atmosphere where there is a greater chance of turbulence. Now you can't miss Jupiter because it is very bright.Saturn is not as bright as you might think and so it does not stand out mightily and the king planet.

What happened to Venus? It has disappeared from our solar system and no one knows what happened to it—NO, just kidding. It has been close to the Sun but will start to become an evening star visible low in the west over the next few months after the Sun sets.

Mars rises in the east around 10 PM by mid October and it will rise as the Sun sets at the very beginning of December. And, it is going to get very bright because it will be close to Earth, an event that happens every 2 years—stay tuned!

The Pleiades or Seven Sisters

The Pleiades sorta looks like a little dipper. It is small in the sky and initially looks like a fuzzy spot to the eyes. Great in binoculars.

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