Babe Among the Stars: October 2011

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Galaxy Babe's column banner, showing a full moon and some little folk looking up at the sky

Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth - Ptolemy

Scary Images in Space

Over the past 4 years of writing the BATS column for The Post I have linked to quite a few spooky images especially for Halloween. Just in case you missed any, or are a new reader this year, here are what I consider the best:

October 2011 Diary Dates

Try to watch out for meteors this month as there are two opportunities. Regular skywatchers are hopeful for the Draconids (normally a minor shower) being a lot more substantial this year due to the parent comet's position. Later in the month watch out for remnants of Halley's Comet (AKA the Orionid meteor shower) which could reach 20 an hour. Comet Garradd passes through Hercules during October so should be easy to detect if you know your constellations. Two other comets are in view: Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (AKA Comet 45P) and Comet Elenin are both in Leo - Comet Elenin will pass through the Sickle asterism (the head of the lion) during October.

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