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Star Brightly: 3 Celestial Events to Observe This October

Autumn means longer nights. Here are three celestial events to watch for in October 2022.

Written by
Calin Van Paris
It’s officially fall, which means that the colors are changing, the days are growing shorter, and the nights? Crisp and clear and perfect for stargazing. And this month, the heavens have quite the show in store.
October brings not one but two meteor showers—providing ample opportunities for wish-making—along with a full moon sure to illuminate even the inkiest of nights. Mark these shimmering sights on your calendar as a reminder that even amid costume parties and
seasonal shifts
, some of the month’s most memorable moments are taking place overhead each night. 
Free and fun, scanning the sky is as sustainable an
as they come—and a chance to consider our place (and our planet’s place) in the greater scheme of things.

3 October Celestial Events to Watch

October 8-9: Draconids Meteor Shower

The first in a series of fall’s falling stars. A selection of sluggish stars will travel overhead throughout the evening, silvered
in the early October skies. 
(Note: Though the shower peaks on October 9, the light of the full Hunter’s Moon may decrease visibility.)

October 9: Hunter’s Moon

The Hunter’s Moon rises large and orange, an ideal beacon for the month of October. This full moon is the first to follow the autumn equinox and is thought to be named for the light it offers hunters as they stock up on food for the winter ahead. 

October 20-21: Orionids Meteor Shower Peak

This annual meteor shower peaks in mid-October, and is known for its supremely bright and speedy shooting stars. An added bonus of the stars’ fast-moving nature? They’re more likely to
leave trails behind
, adding light and drama. Get away from the city lights and look up at this show, which appears to originate from the constellation Orion (hence the name).