by Deane Morrison

With darkening skies but not yet the winter cold, October is ideal for watching stars and planets.

Mars holds its own in the south-southwest all month long, even as the stars of Sagittarius sweep by it and the Red Planet’s former companions—Saturn and Antares, the heart of Scorpius—head into the sunset.

Look to the southwest on the 27th, about 40 minutes after sunset, to see Saturn, Venus and Antares lined up in that order top to bottom. Antares is a gigantic red star, but you will need binoculars and a clear view of the horizon to find it.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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