Skywatch: Look for the lion, planets and meteors


As we start the month of October you’ll be able to catch two planets in the morning sky.

Venus and Mars will be low in the sky and easy to spot of you’re up early enough.

As always, Venus will look like a bright star and Mars will be nearby just below it near the horizon in the eastern sky.

On Thursday morning, the two will be particularly close. Just above the duo will sit Leo, the lion.

The brightest star in the constellation is Regulus and it’ll shine above and right of the planetary duo.

The full moon officially arrives at 2:40 Thursday afternoon. Look for a bright moon Thursday night.

This month’s moon is known as the Full Hunter’s Moon because, years ago, the deer were fattening up in preparation for the long winter and animals were easier to see in the freshly harvested fields.

Because this is the full moon that’s closest to the Fall Equinox, some also call it the Harvest Moon. It’s also known as the full blood moon.

On Saturday night, look up in the evening and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see a shooting star.

The Draconid meteor shower traditionally peaks on the nights of October 7 and 8.

But unlike most meteor showers that see peak viewing in the early morning hours, this shower’s radiant is high above as night arrives so the best viewing is in the evening.

Caused by debris from comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, the shower isn’t a major one with only a handful of meteors an hour -- so don't break your back trying to see this one.

Every so often “the Dragon awakens” bringing hundreds of meteors per hour.

The radiant is from the head of Draco, the dragon which is overhead at nightfall.

As always, find a dark spot far away from the city lights for the best show. Happy hunting!