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October Skywatching: Lunar & Solar Eclipses, a Meteor Shower and More

Skywatchers have plenty of reasons to look up toward the heavens this month.

October brings a number of stargazing treats, including eclipses of the moon and sun, a dependably dazzling meteor shower, and good opportunities to view planets such as Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. A comet will also make a dramatic flyby of Mars; though that event won't brighten Earth's skies, it should find its way onto computer screens around the globe, thanks to the phalanx of probes circling and studying the Red Planet.

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