Plenty of Activity For Skywatchers in October

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): Jupiter, Saturn and Venus, oh my! There are many opportunities to see planets in the night sky this month.

Well, first of all, we have the new moon on Saturday, October 14th at 4:55 p.m., which will be the darkest night of the month.

The full moon will be Tuesday, October 28th of 4:24 p.m. Now, if you wake up early, you’ll see Venus bright in the morning sky. It will be visible on the opposite side of the sunrise later in the month.

Jupiter rises late at night and it is brightest in the night sky in October and the full moon will pass near Jupiter on October 28th. Now, the planet that you see in the evening sky is Saturn and it will pass near the moon on October 24th and October 25th.

Also, we’ve fielded calls about the annular eclipse on October 14th. Now, West Virginia is not going to be in the path of that partial eclipse. Only about 40% of the sun will be covered by the moon and it will occur early in the afternoon across our region. Coming up next week, we will have the details on which spots of the U.S. will be best to see this eclipse.

Then, of course, next April, we have the total solar eclipse visible in the East that we’ll talk about once we get into the early part of 2024.

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