October Weekend

The weekend of the 9th will be a good time to get away from city lights. Take your binoculars and go to some hilltop just before sunset to see Venus, Mars, the waxing-crescent moon, and the two brightest stars in Libra, Zubenelgenubi & Zubeneschamali:

Later in the night you might see Comet Hartley 2. This icy visitor is one of the closest to approach earth; it’s getting brighter every day. Look near the Double Cluster in Perseus:


While you’re at it, don’t forget the Andromeda Galaxy. It is the farthest object one can see with the naked eye, and will be directly overhead at 11:30 PM on October 9th.