Published on October 20th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Nights to Watch Saturn
Over the next few days, there is the opportunity to witness an array of spectacular sights in the night sky. The Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak tonight. Then, in a few days’ time, Saturn will be visible above the moon.
The Orionid Meteor Shower
You do not need a telescope to view the Orionid Meteor Shower, which will be visible tonight and over the weekend. However, experts advise to see the best results, you should get up in the darkest hours before dawn. Approximately 10-20 meteors an hour will be visible.
These meteors originate from the dust left by Halley’s Comet. This “periodic” comet only shoots past the earth once every 75 years. The last time it was visible was in 1986, however, its debris in the form of the Orionid meteors can be seen twice a year.
The Yellow Glow of Saturn
Saturn, is the farthest planet we can view with the naked eye. Shining with a steady golden light, it will be visible around the 23rd October before nightfall.
It is hoped that this month, Saturn’s unique tipped rings will look more vibrant than they have since 2003. However, if you want to view Saturn’s rings and its moons, including Titan, you will need a small telescope.
Celebrating A Galaxy Far from Here
If star gazing and science fiction is your passion, you will no doubt be excitedly waiting for the release of the new STAR WARS film in December, STAR WARS™ The Last Jedi. Read all about it in our previous article Step Into The World Of STAR WARS™.
A new range of STAR WARS stamps has been released in anticipation of the latest instalment in the saga. Included in this range is the STAR WARS ™ Presentation Pack featuring the latest characters from the new film.
You can also buy this wonderful memento from the last film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The STAR WARS Framed Stamp Set features characters from both the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force.