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CURRENT SKY HIGHLIGHTS

Be VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OBSERVE SUN DIRECTLY!  INSTANT BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR!!!  Instruments can explode!!! Cease viewing before Sun actually rises 
if you're using binoculars or telescope!!!  

Hubble Space Telescope imaged Aurorae on Saturn in 2004, images two days apart and in UV band.  Aurorae on Saturn are more closely modulated by Solar Wind than aurorae on Earth and Jupiter, and persist for several days on Saturn.

PLANET and SKY INFORMATION:  (updated October 26th, 2014)

No more known major sky events this year.

Leonid meteor shower peaks around November 18th and Geminid shower
peaks around December 13th.

Planet Parade:
Mercury emerges into eastern predawn sky first week of November, moving to
almost 20 degrees above sunrise position so fairly readily visible.

Venus is still in conjunction with Sun but will become "evening "star"" in a few more weeks.

Bright coppery Mars is still low in southwestern sky by twilight, brightest and orangiest dot in that part of sky, don't confuse with Mars' rival, star Antares, same color, but now much further toward the west.  Mars sets by 800 PM. 

Jupiter rises around midnight, the bright dot low in wee hours eastern sky.

Saturn, the yellowish dot currently to right of Mars, low in western post sunset sky, will soon drop into the sunset and be gone for rest of year, reemerging in predawn sky in a few months.

Don't confuse Saturn with brilliant yellow star, Arcturus, much higher in evening western sky.

The Waxing Crescent Moon will once again slip by Saturn and Mars and Anatares in post sunset western sky the last week of October.

Uranus and Neptune are visible through middle of night in southern sky if you have a telescope.

The Big Dipper is low to the north now most of the night.

The Summer Triangle is visible low in NW by darkness, marked by stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

Galaxy M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, rises in early evening, and is high in the sky by mid evening.

If you stay up later, observe Capella, the bright star of Auriga, appears in the northeast now by early evening, and the stars of Orion accompanied by the other winter bright stars such as Aldebaran, Castor, and Pollux, just peak out in the southeast around 1000 PM, harbingers of Winter.


 
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