October brings two full moons and a great view of Mars


Today’s Video of the Day from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes all of the incredible things you can see in the October night sky. 

The month will begin and end with a full moon, including the Harvest Moon on the 1st and a blue moon on the 31st.

The Harvest Moon falls closest to the September equinox- one of the only days out of the year when daylight and dark hours are the same length. 

Mars will be at its brightest throughout October, and will be visible all night. This month is also a great time to view the entire galaxy of Andromeda, which is similar in appearance to the Milky Way.

Andromeda is a spiral galaxy that can be best observed with a telescope, but can also be viewed with binoculars or even a good smartphone camera.

Video Credit: NASA JPL

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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