Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Find out what’s up in the night sky:
Upcoming astoronomical events, interesting observations, packed with everything a stargazer needs to know.

Observations are described for the NORTHERN hemisphere and can be made by naked eye, small binoculars or by small telescope.

October 2017


Similarly to September, this planet can be observed in the early morning as a very bright object over the eastern horizon. The Moon will be very close to Venus in the morning on October 18.

Moon and Aldebaran

Aldebaran is the brightest star ("alpha") in the constellation of Taurus (the Bull). Its beautiful orange color is the sign of its rather cold "surface" (photosphere), from which the photons reach our eyes. It is a giant star with the diameter 44-times larger than our Sun, and its distance is about 65 light-years from our planet. The Moon approaches Aldebaran on October 9 morning, high in the southern sky, and will be about 0.6 degree north from it. This event can be best observed with naked eye or small binoculars, so that both objects can be viewed together.

Article by (C) G. Okša