Orionid shower peaks Oct. 12

Star Gazing

Orionid shower peaks Oct. 12By ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next club meeting Monday, Oct. 5, via zoom. (Information available in the CLAS newsletter, or by reaching out to contacts found at the end of this column).

Star parties for the future have been canceled until further notice.

OCTOBER CELESTIAL CALENDAR

1. Venus rises in the east about 3 hours before sunrise all month.

2. Mercury moves to the evening sky this month where it can be seen in the west the last few days of the month.

3. Jupiter and Saturn are in the evening sky all month where they can be seen close together in the south after the sun sets.

4. Mars reaches opposition on Oct. 13 so it can be seen all night moving from the east to west.

5. The Orionid meteor shower peaks on Oct. 12.

6. There will be a blue moon (a second full moon in a month) on Oct. 31.

For more information, visit ChinaLakeAstro.org or call 760-446-0454 or 760-384-8666.

Story First Published: 2020-09-25