3 Cool Things You Can See This October In The Michigan Sky
If you look up into the Michigan sky you might see a bird, you might see a plane and there is also a good chance you could see some cool space activities happening this month.
That is of course if mother nature plays along and keeps the skies clear for you to see it.
Things You Can See In The Michigan SkyThis October
The Draconids Meteor Shower
Friday, October 7th: Before you lay your head down from a long day of eating perogies and drinking beer at Pulaski Days look up to see the Draconids Meteor Shower. The meteor shower tends to create about 10 'shooting stars.' The best time to see it happen is in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights.
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Saturday, October 8th: The planet Mercury reaches the greatest western elongation of 18 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. It will look like a slate gray, brighter star.
October Full Hunter Moon
Sunday, October 9th: The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. The Hunter Moon is named by old Farmer's Almanacs based on this being prime hunting time.
Orionids Meteor Shower
Friday, October 21st, and Saturday, October 22nd: The Orionids Meteor Shower is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley. This set of meteors is known as the brightest group. If you're a night owl you're in luck because the best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.
International Space Station
There will be multiple chances to see the International Space Station in West Michigan this month.
- Monday, October 3rd at 8:44 pm
- Tuesday, October 4th at 7:56 pm
- Wednesday, October 5th at 8:45 pm
- Thursday, October 6th at 7:56 pm
- Tuesday October 18th at 7:04am
You can get more details about seeing the International Space Station by clicking here
I guess there is one benefit for me getting up at 4 am for work everyday.
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