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Backyard Astronomer: October

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Backyard Astronomer: October

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Learn about the night sky in October, minus the ghosts and witches. For the first couple of weeks in the month, look to the east in the early morning hours to see Venus, Saturn, and the star Regulus forming a bright group. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Lion. Another constellation of importance is Orion, which is not entirely made up of stars; one of the "stars" is actually the Orion Nebula, a cloud of gas and debris illuminated by smaller stars within. If you can locate the Orion constellation, than you will also be able to see the Orionids meteor shower, which takes place in October.

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