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    Thursday night astronomy guide

    By Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    10/12/2017, 3:22:55 PM

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    Last night featured a close pass from an asteroid. The space rock was about the size of a house. It is actually smaller than the asteroid that caused the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor in Siberia. The asteriod passed a little more than 20,000 miles from our planet.

    Here is a great video of the Chelyabinsk meteor.

    October is a great month to view the heavens. Sunset is earlier, and there are usually a lack of significant weather systems. It is the only month of the year that I see clear skies from coast to coast at the same time! It seems to happen every October.

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    The moon is rising later and later, so it will not hinder viewing conditions tonight or for the next several nights.


    Moonrise Wednesday night as seen by AccuWeather Astronomy friend Frank Little

    You can still catch Mars and Venus before sunrise. Over the weekend, the moon will be close to the pair of planets.

    You have to look quickly to see Jupiter in the evenings. It is about to swing around to the other side of the sun and become a morning planet. Saturn is still visible for a few hours during the evening before it sets.

    Awesome views from Quebec were sent into the AccuWeather Astronomy Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/AccuAstronomy/

    The forecast looks good for more geomagnetic storms causing auroras over the next couple of days!

    Thanks for reading. Just look up; you never know what you will see!

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com


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