NASA has a monthly list of things to look out for in the sky.

The first evening is called "evenings with giants." It features Jupiter and Saturn. The planets will be visible to the naked eye. You might have already seen them.

Jupiter is the brighter of the two planets and can be seen to the southeast as the night progresses.

The space agency said that they formed a triangle with Fomalhaut. The planets shine with a steady light while the star twinkles If you are looking at a planet or a star, this can be a good way to find out.

The position of Jupiter, Saturn, and Fomalhaut in October 2022.

Mars is next up. The red planet has been moving in an easterly direction all year, but at the end of this month it will hit reverse gear and begin moving in a different direction. Once again, it will change direction and head east again.

You can see more about the retrograde motion of Mars in NASA's video. At a time when its movement wasn't fully understood, it was a source of intense curiosity for astronomer.

October and November are the best months to view the Orionid meteor shower.

Under clear, dark skies, it is a moderate shower that produces 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

The space agency said that the shower's name comes from the fact that you can trace the paths of its meteors back to an area on the sky nearby.

According to NASA, there are many bright and fast moving Orionid meteors that can leave trails of light in the sky.

There is no need for special equipment to view the shower. Digital Trends has a full guide on how to observe the Orionid's.

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