Most casual skygazers will spend October focusing their attentions on the early evening sky, where brilliant Venus holds court at dusk. It stands watch over two fainter planets, Mercury and Saturn, that struggle to shine through the bright twilight. Once darkness settles in, the subtler charms of Uranus come to the forefront. This distant ice-giant planet reaches opposition and peak visibility early in the month, when it remains on display all night.
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