The biggest highlight is Mars’ opposition October 13, but look for other events like the crescent Moon near Venus and a double shadow transit on Jupiter later in the week.
Get ready for a great show. Before Mars reaches its opposition next week, the Red Planet will be closer to Earth Oct. 5-6 than it will be for the next 15 years.
Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation, we see the full harvest Moon and as it starts waning the Moon meets Mars.
As the autumnal equinox is marked in the Northern Hemisphere, the Moon passes near Saturn and Jupiter.
See zodiacal light this week, visible in the dark new Moon sky. Later this week, look for Mercury near the crescent Moon.
In This Week’s Sky, Mars starts a retrograde loop while Jupiter completes one. Neptune reaches opposition near Phi Aquarii, and a waning crescent Moon meets Venus.
This week, the Moon meets with Mars. The Red Planet will also experience a solstice and the start of its northern winter.
This week is excellent for lunar gazing as the Moon waxes and passes Jupiter and Saturn.
It’s a quiet week — but you can use the New Moon time to take a good look at the stars.