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Night sky this month – October


Highlights: Planets on parade in morning sky.

Here is a view of the night sky this month as seen from mid-northern latitudes such as London (51° 30′) in mid October, 2015, at 10pm (22h UT).

The planets in September 2015

Mercury is too close to the Sun at the start of the month but then moves out into the morning sky where it may be seen before dawn.

Venus is now shining brightly as a morning star before dawn.

Mars rises in the pre-dawn hours in August, shining at magnitude +1.6 but is too small to show any detail. Find out more about Mars here including maps to show its position in the sky.

Jupiter is now back in the morning sky too, following conjunction with the Sun last month.

Saturn is in the far south of the ecliptic, in the constellation of Libra, and so best placed for southern observers. It will be found low in the south-west as soon as it gets dark.

Note: The sky will appear much the same from other cities at similar latitudes, such as New York, Paris and Berlin, at around 10pm local time. The sky appears the same at the start of the month an hour later and at the end of the month an hour earlier. We use Virtual Sky, a new, customizable, browser-based planetarium, courtesy of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Click on the date or location to the top left of the chart to view the sky at a different time or from another longitude and latitude. If you want to check out the sky as seen from the southern hemisphere, click here.