What’s Up Tonight?
- Keep watching for Orionid meteorsMeteor showers last for several weeks, as Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet. The Orionids might have peaked Saturday morning, but Sunday morning should be good, too.
- Orionid meteor shower peak tonight!This weekend is an awesome time to look for meteors in the annual Orionid shower. They'll probably most prolific in the hours before dawn on October 21.
- Uranus at opposition on October 19Opposition for Uranus - or any outer planet - means it's opposite the sun in our sky, rising at sunset. The new moon provides a dark night for viewing this faint world.
- Bright star Deneb transits at nightfallWhen the sun or a star transits, it's at its highest in the sky. Deneb's transit at nightfall marks a shift toward winter - or summer - depending on where you are.
- Watch for zodiacal light, or false dawnWatch for this eerie light about 2 hours before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere. From the Southern Hemisphere, watch for it after sunset.
- Keep watching moon, Venus, MarsThe best views of the moon and planets before dawn are happening now!
- Moon, Venus, Mars next few morningsDon't miss the moon's sweep past dazzling Venus and much fainter Mars, east before sunup. Lovely to view, and you might get a sense of the moon in orbit.
- Moon occults Regulus on October 15From most of the world, the waning moon shines near the bright star Regulus Sunday morning. From much of the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean or southeast Canada, the moon will pass in front of Regulus.
- Find constellations of the zodiacToday's sky chart shows the constellations of the zodiac that are up after nightfall on these October evenings.
- What bright star flashes red and green?A bright star twinkling with red and green flashes, low in the northeastern sky on October evenings, is probably Capella.
What’s Up This Month?
Several times a year meteor showers light up the sky. Find out everything you need to know about these celestial fireworks, including the yearly dates of important meteor showers, and when and where to view them from, in this handy guide.
Discover the 88 Star Constellations
Discover the 88 Star Constellations of the Nightsky, the pictures in the sky. Learn about the stars and other amazing objects that can be found within the 88 known constellations we can see from Earth.
- Constellations by Alphabetic Listing, by Season and by Month
- The 88 Star Constellations of the Nightsky
NASA collection of sound effects from both this world and deep intergalactic space, available for all of us to enjoy
Some Apps (Android) to help you get started
Star Walk 2
Sun & Moon
Sun, Moon & Planets
Meteor Shower Calendar
ISS HD Live: View Earth Live
ISS Detector (Alerts)
Ps. There are a lot more out there, these are just a few that i’ve tried 🙂