There is no shortage of celestial objects to be seen on Texas night skies throughout the month of October.
Here is a list of things to look for, weather permitting.
See INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
The International Space Station will cross the skies of northern Texas this month. It will appear like a fast-moving star across the sky.
The ISS travels at 17,150 mph with an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees to the earth’s equator. The station circles the globe every 90 minutes. Orbium is 250 miles above the Earth.
DRACONID METER IBER
This Draconid Meteor Shower peaks on the evening of Oct. 8. The Draconids take their name from the star Draco the Dragon to the north, from which they seem to radiate.
This shower was shed by a periodic debris stream passing Earth, a 1.2 mile wide comet called 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The last one left is yet another trip around the sun in 2018 and is expected to make a return trip in 2024.
HUNTING’S FULL MOON
October has a hunter’s moon. It got its name from the Native Americans at this time of year when people hunted for supplies to build up for the winter. At the beginning of the cold season, he also called the Ice Moon and the Ice Moon.
The full moon of this month will be at its greatest on Oct. 9 at 3:54 pm You can take this a few days before and after.
ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER
The Orionids Meteor Shower, created by debris left by Halley’s Comet, will occur on the evenings of Oct. 20 and 21. the 21st
Most meteors can be seen from any angle in the evening sky.
At the end of the month, the New Moon on Oct. 25 It will end at 5:48 am, this event allows many stars to shine without breaking the moon. If you have telescopes, this is also a great opportunity to see some of the fainter galaxies and other celestial objects in the night sky.
The best view is moving away from the city lights.
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