Exciting Astronomical Events Expected for Stargazers this October
Get ready to stargaze this October, as a series of astronomical events is set to take place each weekend, offering an incredible sight for skywatchers and night owls alike. With the cool autumn weather upon us, bundle up in hoodies and heavy coats as you witness the wonders of the cosmos.
Kicking off the month is the Draconids meteor shower, predicted to peak on Sunday, October 8 after sunset. Unlike other meteor showers, this spectacle occurs in the evening instead of late at night. While meteor storms occasionally happen during the Draconids, this year experts do not expect one.
On Saturday, October 14, a celestial showstopper awaits. A solar eclipse will occur, with the sun, moon, and Earth aligning perfectly. This annular solar eclipse, also known as a “ring of fire” eclipse, will create a halo of sunlight as the moon does not entirely cover the sun. North America will be lucky to witness this event.
Remember to prioritize safety while observing the solar eclipse. Proper eye protection, such as solar filters or eclipse glasses, is necessary for a safe viewing experience.
Less than two weeks later, on the night of Friday, October 20, into the early morning of Saturday, October 21, the Orionid meteor shower will grace the sky. Weather permitting, onlookers can expect to see about 20 shooting stars per hour. The meteor shower appears to originate from the constellation Orion.
Wrapping up October is the much-anticipated Hunter’s Moon, also known as the Falling Leaves Moon, the Freezing Moon, and the Migration Moon. This full moon will illuminate the night sky during the final weekend. Additionally, a partial lunar eclipse will occur during this time, best visible from Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Please note that the next partial lunar eclipse visible in the United States will not take place until September 18, 2024.
Make sure to mark your calendars and catch these awe-inspiring celestial events. Don’t forget to enjoy the cool autumn breeze and marvel at the wonders of our universe.