October Night Sky


Standing on the old Saturn V launch pad (at the time) of writing is a bright shiny new launch system – Artemis. Except that it should have flown the nest long ago. It seems that there s hydrogen leak! This is principally down to the small size of the hydrogen molecule, The tiny size of that molecule that causes the gas to escape through pores small enough to block other gases!. The answer, they hope is to fill the hydrogen tank at a lower pressure and rate,

Solar System. The Sun, Moon and Earth.

25th Partial Solar eclipse

Starts at about 10.00am and lasts until 11.45 am. ALL the usual rules apply wrt to not looking directly at the Sun.!

30th British Summer Time ends: an hour longer in bed  and winter begins

The Moon

  • First Quarter – 3rd  October
  • Full Moon – 9th October
  • Last Quarter – 17th October
  • New Moon – 25th October

The Full Moon in October is known as the Hunter’s Moon in the US and UK. 

The Planets: The naked eye planets are now to be seen before midnight: Saturn as soon as it gets dark enough, followed by Jupiter, Mars is in Taurus and can be seen most of the night. 

Sky at Night: The programme focuses on answering questions from a live panel !

Times: BBC Four on 10th Oct @ 10.00pm, repeated on BBC Four on 13th Oct @  (tbc), then on iPlayer. Check bbc.co.uk/skyatnight for the latest updates.

Roseland Observatory is on line www.roselandobservatory.co.uk  and also on www.Facebook.com/roselandobservatory

Brian Sheen runs the Roseland Observatory which is based in Truro High School for Girls.