Will you be trick and treating this Halloween? If you are, you’re in for a treat of a cosmic kind!
From sunset onwards, keep an eye out for the gas giants! Jupiter can be seen rising in the north east, appearing as a bright star. Saturn will be overhead, as a slightly dimmer bright star. Keep an eye out for the red supergiant star Antares, that is setting in the west shortly after sunset!
When to look: Sunset onwards, 31st October
Which direction to look: North east for Jupiter, overhead for Saturn and west for Antares
Scorpius’ distinctive tail has been recognised by many cultures the world around. It was even recognised by ancient Hawaiians as the demigod Maui’s fishhook. Maui is said to have used it to pull the Hawaiian archipelago out of the ocean. Notably, a version of this constellation appeared in the Disney movie Moana, albeit looking much more like a fishhook then how it appears in real life.