Orionid shower peaks on Oct. 21

Star Gazing


The China Lake Astronomical Society will host its next astronomy-related program on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum.

The monthly star party will be held Friday, Oct. 12. The signs will be out at 6:30 p.m., with viewing starting at 7 p.m.


1. Jupiter can be seen low in the southwest as soon as the sky gets dark.

2. Venus can be seen only after sunset very low in the southwest the first week of October.

3. Saturn appears in the south as the sun sets and can be seen in the southwest until it sets at about 11 p.m.

4. Mercury moves to the evening sky this month. Look for it very low in the southwest the last week of the month.

5. Mars is in Capricorn to the south as evening sky darkens and moves through the southern sky through the night.

6. The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks on the night of Oct. 21. Look for meteors in the southeast after 4 a.m.

For more information contact CLAS at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-09-28