Moon and Jupiter This Evening

This week Comet Hartley 2 is at its biggest and brightest and the Moon will wreck the show. This week the Orionid meteor shower is at its best and the Moon will wreck the show. But at least the Moon will  give us a consolation prize tonight as it teams up with the King of the Planets this evening.

Right after it gets dark this evening check out the Moon in the eastern sky. That brilliant ‘star’ below it is the planet Jupiter. If you have a pair of binoculars check out Jupiter up close. See if you can tell that Jupiter is a small globe rather than just a stellar point. Count how many of its 4 Galilean satellites are visible nearby. For a real challenge hunt for 5th magnitude Uranus only a few degrees away. For a finder chart for Uranus go here.