Bryan, Texas (KBTX) – The night sky is filled with plenty of opportunities to keep an eye on the sky through the second half of the month of October, and it all starts Tuesday evening.
Mars in opposition
The red planet is in the closest orbit to Earth this year and it will not stop again until September 2035. This occurred at approximately 38.5 million miles – on October 6, 2020 and would cause Mars to be seen exceptionally bright all October.
It is the evening of 13 when Mars is in opposition. This phenomenon occurs when two planets sit opposite sides of the Sun, which means that in this case, the Earth sits between Mars on one side and the Sun on the other. Cons are on 6PM CDT. When this happens, Mars will begin to rise in the east, just as the sun is about to set in the west. Then, as soon as the sun comes on Wednesday morning, Mars will set in the western sky.
Opposition occurs on average every two years. This is because Mars takes twice as long to travel around the Sun than the Earth’s orbit.
With cloud cover getting slightly in the way, viewers in the Brajos Valley should be treated to a great view of Mars as it rises and shines brightly tonight. Sunset is 6:56 pm on Tuesday evening.
Orionids meteor shower
One of the biggest meteor bodies of the year is right around the corner as the Earth passes through the area of debris from Halley’s comet. It offers a stunning show of meteors shooting towards the night sky in late October provided the skies are clear. The meteor shower appears from October 2 to November 7, but peaks on Wednesday, October 21.
The best way to see these meteors is to locate a place away from the city lights and take about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust your eyes to the darkness. The good news is that as the nights peak, the moon will set before midnight to create a darker sky for the comets to stand out, and a new moon is about to take place on the 16th to further pollute its light in the sky Limits. .
With a new moon in the middle of the month, it means that a full moon is right around the corner. This October includes two full moons. The first took place on October and was called Harvest Moon. The second will be on Halloween on 31 October. It is known as Hunter’s Moon.
It is rare to have two full moons in a month, but when this happens it is called blue moon. Each full moon cycle lasts for 29 days, and, like the leap day, the time is formed from the second full moon occurring within a calendar month. This occurs on average every two and a half years with the previous example in March 2018.
Take time to go out and enjoy the rest of the sights, the rest of October has to offer. If you are able to create a great photo or video, we would love to share it with you! Click here to submit a photo or video.
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