Brightest planets in October's night sky

Only one of the five planets visible with the naked eye is obscured this month, and it just so happens to be Venus, the brightest of them all.

On October 22, it will pass from the morning to the evening sky, closely aligned beyond the sun as seen from Earth. 

While Mars is best viewed in the late evening/after midnight hours, Saturn and Jupiter are bright in the early evening sky.

Last but not least, during the first three weeks of October, Mercury will be low in the east, around 45 minutes before sunrise.

In our timetable, keep in mind that your clinched fist at at arm's length equals about 10 degrees while calculating the angular separation between two astronomical objects.

The schedule that follows outlines some of the best times to observe planets and tells you where to look to see them.

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