Skywatch: Venus will shine brightly


As we start out the week, you’ll be able to see the solar system’s two inner planets in the west and southwestern sky. Venus and Mercury will be out around and just after sunset. Venus will be the brighter of the two with Mercury just below and to the right. You’ll need to have a good view of the horizon to see the pair, though, they’ll be low in the sky. As the week marches on, the sun will set earlier and earlier so you’ll get a few more minutes to find the two.

The moon will pass through the constellation of Gemini on Tuesday. Gemini is the constellation that represents the mythological twins Castor and Pollux. The two brightest stars in the constellation are named after the pair.

The moon you’ll be looking at on Tuesday night is the Last Quarter Moon which officially arrives at 10:37 p.m. Tuesday. It’ll darken throughout the week.

As I mentioned earlier, the moon will be darkening throughout the week. That means you may get lucky on Saturday night and see a shooting star. The Draconid meteor shower peaks early next week, but it’s usually active from October 6-10. Which means on Saturday night, if you find a dark spot far enough from the city, you may catch a streak of light across the sky. The Radiant is in Draco the dragon, which is in the northern sky near the North Star. Happy hunting!