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OCTOBER is a fantastic month for stargazing, and Nasa has rounded off its top events.

In a funny video, the US space agency has explained how you can see Mercury and a major meteor shower this month.

Orionid meteor showers are one of the best showers of the year


Orionid meteor showers are one of the best showers of the yearCredit: Getty – Contributor

Draconid’s meteor shower may come over the weekend, but there’s no need to worry if you miss it.

October has another meteor shower at the end of the month called the Orionids.

There will also be a chance to see Mercury and some pretty bright stars.

Draconid meteor shower

The annual Draconid meteor shower peaked Friday, but you can still see a few of its meteors this evening or Sunday.

The celestial phenomenon gets its name from the constellation Draco Dragon, located in the northern part of the sky.

Sometimes meteors look like they are flying from this point.

However, you should be able to see them all over the sky.

The meteors are best seen as soon as it gets dark.

You can see them late at night.

Try to find a clear place with limited light pollution and finish hot.

Crescent and Venus

On the evening of October 10, Nasa recommends looking for the Crescent, which will stand in a diagonal with Venus and the light orange colored Antares star.

Look southwest for sunset, and Venus should be at the bottom right of the moon with Antares glowing in the center.

Venus comes very close to Antares for a conjunction on October 15th and 16th.

The two will see about one and a half degrees apart.

October 16 is also ‘International Observe the Moon Night’.

Spot Mercury in October

Planet Mercury briefly appears to early risers in the last week of October.

About 30 to 45 minutes before sunrise, Mercury will be about 10 degrees above the eastern horizon.

Two blue-ish brights stars

Throughout October, you can see two bright stars in the early evening sky.

These stars alternate with Polaris to be the North Star for thousands of years.

Their names are Vega and Deneb.

Look high in the sky for the first few hours after dark.

Vega is a blue-ish white star and Deneb is a blue-white supergiant star.

They dive toward the western horizon before descending just before dawn.

Orionid meteor shower

Nasa left this one from its video, but the Orionid meteor shower is certainly not one to be missed.

The Orionids were to reach their peak on October 21 this year.

Try to look right after midnight.

You can see about 15 shooting stars per hour if you are blessed with clear skies and an area that has limited light pollution.

The meteors travel through the sky around 148,000 mph.

It happens 60 miles up in space as the Earth moves through a cloud of thousands and thousands of space rocks that would be left behind by the famous Halley’s Comet.

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