Orionids peak Oct. 21-22

Star Gazing

By ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party of the year will be held Friday, Oct. 25. Signs will be out at 7 p.m. with viewing at 7:30 p.m.

OCTOBER CELESTIAL CALENDAR

1. Jupiter is in Scorpius near the red star Antares all month. Look for it in the southwest as night falls.

2. Venus and Mercury move to the evening sky this month. Look for them in the southwest soon after sunset.

3. Saturn is south after sunset and moves across the southern sky as the night progresses.

4. Mars moves to the morning sky this month. Look for it in the east just before the sun rises.

5. Uranus reaches opposition on the night of Oct. 27, so it will rise in the east near sunset, move to the south at midnight and set in the west at about sunrise. It will be in Aries the Ram. Look at the finder charts in Astronomy and Sky and Telescope magazines.

6. The Orionid meteor shower peaks on the evening of Oct. 21-22. Look for the shower in the southeast after 2 a.m.

For more information, call 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2019-10-04