October 2019 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in October 2019.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The minor planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are provided for the 15th of October 2019 and are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.

15 October 2019 – Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto finder chart – Early evening sky

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto finder chart. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto finder chart. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 October 2019 – Uranus finder chart – Early morning sky

Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.