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Starry Nights: 5 Astronomical Events In October You Just Can’t Miss

Delhi: Autumn is here and it is going to be an astronomically delightful October this year. All stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts are in for a treat as October comes bearing meteor showers, planet spotting and more. Heralding into winters, days are getting short making the more time to gaze at the night sky.Also Read – Do You Know How Moon Was Formed? Scientists Have A New Revelation. Find Out

Find your binoculars, telescope and mark the dates, as these scintillating events will light up the sky and you will not want to miss. Also Read – How Sun Sleeps: IISER Study Reveals What Happens When Solar Activity Is Missing

Mercury Greatest Elongation

October 8 : Wish to catch a glimpse of Mercury? Get ready to wake up early in the morning as the planet will appear in the twilight just hours before sunrise. While its greatest elongation is on October 8, you will be able to spot the planet all month as it gets bigger in the sky. Also Read – NASA Asteroid Crash Mission: Who Will Investigate This Save-The-World 'Crime Scene' ?

According to Space.com, the planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 18 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

Peak of the Draconid Meteor Shower

October 9 – Radiating from the constellation Draco, the dragon, this northern hemisphere constellation will be spotted near the bright star of Vega. In 2022, the meteor shower is expected to peak around midnight on October 9th (so overnight from the 8th to 9th); this is prime stargazing time, despite the Full Moon that night.

Hunter’s Moon

October 9- This event might overlap with Draconid Meteor shower. As per Seasky.org,  the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. It is interesting to note that, this full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known as the Travel Moon and the Blood Moon.

Peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower

October 21 – The greatest night sky event in October is undoubtedly the Orionids meteor shower, which is expected to peak on October 21st this year. While the meteor shower occurs from October 16th to 30th, there may be up to 21 meteors per hour during the shower’s peak (likely in the early morning hours of the 21st).

Partial Solar Eclipse

October 25- Heading towards the end of this beautiful autumn month, there will be a partial solar eclipse. People in – Middle East, eastern Greenland, Iceland, Russia, India, and few other places- will be able to view the event. But be mindful to have the right gears to look at an eclipse.

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