Things to spot in the night sky through October on Merseyside

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This month there is plenty to spot in the night skies over the UK, if it’s a clear night.

Mars

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Mars will be visible for 6 hours after sunset until 12:40am and the best time to see it will be during the evening at 8:30pm.

Uranus

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Uranus is visible for most of the night as it will be directly opposite the sun.

The best time to see it will be 1:22am.

Neptune

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Neptune will be visible through most of the night and will be best viewable in the late evening after sunset.

The best time to see it will be at 10:30pm although it’s usually a difficult planet to see due to its distance from earth.

International Space Station

The international space station is only visible over the UK for a few days during October.

It will be visible from 27th – 30th October.

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Meteor Shower

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The Orionid shower originates from Comet Halley but are named after the Orion constellation as they usually appear in this part of the night sky.

The shower will peak on 21st October when up to 30 meteors an hour can be spotted.

The best time to see it will be in the direction of the Orion constellation around 3am.

Your chances of spotting any meteors will depend on what the weather is like on the night, as clear skies give the best chances of viewing it.

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