What's in the Sky Tonight?
Our Favorite Astronomical Binoculars
Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter
October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower
The Draconids is a minor meteor shower that appears annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 8th. The Draconids are best seen in the early evening (not early morning like most meteor showers). This is an excellent year to observe the Draconids because there will be no moonlight.
October 9 - New Moon
Tonight and the next few nights are an excellent time to observe since there will be no light pollution from the moon.
October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower
This shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7 and peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. This is an average meteor shower that may produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The almost full moon will block the fainter meteors this year, but the Orionids tend to be fairly bright so it's still a worthwhile show.
October 23 - Uranus at Opposition
The blue-green planet will be at its closest distance from Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
October 24 - Full Moon
This month's full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunter's Moon, as this is a time of year when the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known the Blood Moon.
A mini telescope you can take anywhere
If you love sky gazing, you have to have a pair of astronomy binoculars! Binoculars are a fantastic alternative to telescopes—inexpensive, lightweight, and portable. For city dwellers where there is a lot of light pollution, binoculars are essential if you want to see much of anything.
Binoculars enlarge and brighten the beauty and immensity of the night sky. You can see the detail of the moon's craters, the phases of Venus, the moons and stripes of Jupiter, the awesome jewels that dot the Milky Way, nebulae, star clusters, and comets when they're passing near.
Our favorite astonomy binoculars is the Celestron SkGiyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars. These are excellent as well:
ANOTHER GREAT ASTRONOMICAL TOOL:
A year-round, real-time sky map
A planisphere is a rotating star chart that allows you to dial in the entire visible sky for any day and time of the year and with great precision. It has been called an analog star computer and was considered magical in ancient times.
Planispheres show the brightest stars, constellations, notable galaxies and nebulae, as well as the path of the Milky Way. The plane of the ecliptic is also shown, which reveals the pathway of the planets as they appear to move across the night sky.