The Planets in October
Mercury – The planet is too close to the sun this month to be seen.
Venus- Although Venus is out of the sun’s glare this month, its position in the sky makes it very unfavorable for observation during October in the northern hemisphere.
Mars – Like Mercury, Mars is too close to the sun for observation in October.
Jupiter- Very bright in the southern sky after sunset, the planet remains in Aquarius. It is easily spotted by looking south to find the brightest “star” in the sky after the suns glow has ended.
Saturn- Following the ecliptic west, the path of the sun-moon & planets across the sky, we find Saturn for October. It will be dimmer than Jupiter, but easily visible even in city lights. A small telescope will reveal its amazing rings as it shines within the constellation of Capricorn.
Uranus/Neptune- Using the finder charts provided last month for Uranus and Neptune, both planets can be found. They remain in the same relative positions as previously described. Like September, October remains the month of the gas giants!