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Fort Wayne Astronomical Society, General Meeting Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 pm,
Star*Quest Observatory, Jefferson Township Park,
1730 S Webster Rd, New Haven IN 46774
Program: Star-Hoping to Another 13 Targets and More of Why Bother, by Dick Evans
Saturday Night Stargazing at Jefferson Township Park every clear Saturday night starting 1 hour after sunset and
continuing for 2 hours. April through November.
October Night Sky: Saturn is still visible early in the evening in the South West but it's image softening as it sinks lower and lower. Why not go for Neptune
and Uranus? Neptune, now the furthest planet in our solar system since Pluto was kicked out as a major planet, will take a small telescope, or an experienced
binocular user at magnitude 8. That's seven times dimmer than Uranus. Look due South just South of the Star Hydor in the Constellation of Aquarius. Neptune
is slightly blueish in a telescope with high power. Uranus, is in the Constellation of Pisces and supposedly naked eye in very dark skies. Slightly greenish.
Use your phone planetarium app to help you locate them and be sure to request scope operators at the observatory on public Saturday nights to see these
two planets. Venus, a brilliant mag –3.9 morning star in the ESE at sunrise on the 1st when it is also 3° above-right of the much fainter (mag 1.8) Mars. Venus
passes close to Mars on the 5th. The Orionid meteor shower brings a flurry of fast meteors between the 16th and 30th, with 20 per hour or more visible under
ideal skies from the 21st to 23rd. They are most numerous during the pre-dawn hours. Full Harvest Moon: 5th. New Moon: 19th.