Target Audience:General Public
What's up for October? See planets, stars, an asteroid and a meteor shower – plus participate in International Observe the Moon Night!
It's all in the October 2017 "What's Up" video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Watch below, see a calendar of key dates and find related classroom lessons:
- Early October – Look for Saturn in the southwest sky above the red star Antares.
- Oct. 1 – Look for a faint Mars below Venus.
- Oct. 5 – Mars and Venus get close.
- Oct. 8-11 – Watch the moon glide near the Pleiades star cluster and pass near the red stars Aldebaran and Betelgeuse.
- Midmonth – See the Moon near the white star Regulus
- Oct. 19 – Uranus reaches opposition. It may be bright enough to see with the naked eye – and for sure with binoculars.
- Oct. 20 – The peak of the Orionids meteor shower.
- Oct. 22-23 – Find the Moon above Antares.
- Oct. 23 – Saturn can be found above the Moon.
- Oct. 24 – Saturn can be found below the Moon.
- Oct. 28 – Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with your local astronomy club, Solar System Ambassador, museum or planetarium. Find an event near you.
Try these related lessons with students:
- Moon Phases – Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out.
- Modeling the Earth-Moon System – Students learn about scale models and distance by creating a classroom-size Earth-Moon system.
- Inflatable Planetarium – Students learn about star patterns and create their own constellation stories in a do-it-yourself planetarium.
- Whip Up a Moon-Like Crater – Whip up a moon-like crater with baking ingredients as a demonstration for students.
- Solar System Bead Activity – Students create a scale model of the solar system using beads and string.
- Modeling an Asteroid – Lead a discussion about asteroids and their physical properties, then have students mold their own asteroids out of clay.