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S&T: Lauren Darby

With the evenings arriving sooner and the temperatures turn cooler (for anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, that is), October is an especially great time to do some stargazing.

Over in the west, Venus lingers above the horizon as twilight deepens. This "evening star" is beginning a six-month evening engagement that will just get better and better toward year's end. On October 1st Venus sets about an hour after sunset, but that'll stretch to 2 hours by October 31st.

In the south, King Jupiter is holding court amid the stars of Sagittarius. It provides a dazzling anchor to the summer Milky Way, which arches overhead through the Summer Triangle and descends into the easy-to-spot "W" of Cassiopeia.

And in the north you'll find the Big Dipper and the "W" of Cassiopeia to the lower left and upper right of Polaris, the North Star.

Get all these details and more by downloading October's audio sky tour. It's a 5-megabyte MP3 file that runs 5m 05s.


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