October 2016 – Where to look for the planets

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 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

6 October 2016 – Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening chart

Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Thursday 6 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Thursday 6 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

8 October 2016 – Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening chart

Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Saturday 8 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Saturday 8 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

28 October 2016 – Venus, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening sky

Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Friday 28 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Friday 28 October 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (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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