October 3 – New Moon
The Moon will be on the same side of Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This step occurs at 01:51 (Vietnam time). This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters, as there is no moonlight to obstruct them.
October 7 – Draconid meteor shower
The Draconids are a small meteor shower with a rate of only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, first discovered in 1900. Draconids are an unusual meteor shower in that visibility is best in the early evening rather than in the early in the morning, like most other meteor showers. The meteor shower occurs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the night of the 7th. The second quarter moon will ensure dark skies in the early evening for a good show. If you are patient, you can still enjoy some good times. The best observation will be in the early evening from a dark place, far from city lights. The meteor will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
October 17 – Full Moon, Super Moon
The Moon will be on the opposite side of the Earth because the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This step occurs at 6:28 p.m. (Vietnam time). This full moon was called the Hunter’s Moon by early Native American tribes because at this time of year the leaves were falling and the game was active and ready to hunt. This moon is also known as the Travel Moon and Blood Moon. It’s also the second of three supermoons in 2024. The Moon will be closest to Earth and may appear a little larger and brighter than usual.
October 21 and 22 – Orionid meteor shower
The Orionids are a medium meteor shower that produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is created by dust particles left by Comet Halley, known and observed since ancient times. The meteor shower occurs every year from October 2 to November 7. This year, the meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21-22. The waning moon will obscure most of the fainter meteors this year. But if you are patient, you will still be able to catch some good moments. Best viewing will be from a dark place after midnight. The meteor will radiate from the constellation Orion but could appear anywhere in the sky.