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What’s Up October 18

For the night owls there is a spectacular asterism on the 21st at about 23h00. Looking northeast a waning gibbous Moon, just past full can be seen between isiLimela and the Hyades.

To the left , in the north, our neighbouring, and twin, galaxy Andromeda can be seen just above the horizon. This small fuzzy patch is the remotest object visible to the naked eye. To the right of the Moon, in the east Orion is making its comeback to the evening sky, with Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky further to the right., And of course as Orion rises in the east, so the Scorpio sets in the west.
Further to the right of Sirius, and a little higher, is Canopus the second brightest star in the night sky. Finally in the south the Southern Cross and the Pointers are now really grazing the tree-tops, living up to their Venda name Thutlwa or the “Giraffe Stars”. Of the 88 constellations that cover the sky, Crux, containing the Southern Cross, is the smallest. Then much higher up are the two Magellanic Clouds, the Large and the Small. They are the two closest galaxies to us, being about 160 and 200 thousand light years away from us respectively.
The pre-dawn sky has the twins in Gemini, Castor and Pollux, low in the northeast with the giant planet Jupiter just above them, with Mars well to the lower left. On the 26th a waning quarter Moon is near Jupiter and by the 30th a waning crescent Moon will be close to the red planet, Mars

 
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