Skywatch: Look for meteors early in the week


If you’re up early at the start of the week and you’re far enough away from the city -- look up.

While the Orionid meteor shower technically peaked last week, there will still be a few leftovers on Sunday morning.

In fact, the shower is typically active from around October 15th to October 29th. The peak is usually on the mornings of October 20-22. Debris from Halley’s Comet (you know, the famous one) causes this shower and the best viewing will be in the early morning hours in the southeastern sky.

On Monday and Tuesday night, the moon and Saturn will be very close in the evening sky. It’ll be in the southwest looking like a bright star left of the moon on Monday night, and just below and to the right of it on Tuesday night.

The image above shows how the two will appear on Tuesday night, the night of the 24th.

Antares will hang low near the horizon, it’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.

Courtesy: NASA

The largest planet in the solar system will line up with the sun at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. That is when it will be in conjunction with the sun as it passes behind our star.

You won’t be able to see this, but Jupiter will reappear in the sky early in the day as we move into early November.

The young moon that made viewing the Orionid meteor shower easier is slowly brightening through the week.

It’ll reach First Quarter phase at 6:22 p.m. on Friday night. Get out and enjoy the half-moon while it’s out, it’ll set shortly before midnight. Happy hunting!