October 2018 – 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 2018.

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 dwarf 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 prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia (including Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).

11 October 2018 – Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares in evening twilight

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the Western horizon. Chart prepared for 6.45 pm AEST / 7.45 pm AEDT on Thursday 11 October 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

12 October 2018 – Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares in evening twilight

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the Western horizon. Chart prepared for 6.45 pm AEST / 7.45 pm AEDT on Friday 12 October 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (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 2018 – Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares in evening twilight

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the Western horizon. Chart prepared for 6.45 pm AEST / 7.45 pm AEDT on Monday 15 October 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

18 October 2018 – Moon and Mars in the early evening sky

Moon and Mars finder chart. Look above the North Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 7.30 pm AEST / 8.30 pm AEDT on Thursday 18 October 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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