Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

A Meteor Shower and 8 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in October

The coming month brings shooting stars, pretty planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the eerie pyramid-shaped zodiacal light. So dust off those binoculars and mark your October calendar!

Mercury at it Best—Week of October 1

Sky watchers this week get a chance to get their best view of the year of Mercury, the trickiest planet to spot with just your unaided eyes. Check out the innermost planet in the solar system just after it passes its greatest elongation September 28, which is the farthest the planet can get from the sun from our vantage point on Earth. About 45 minutes before sunrise, hunt down the most challenging planet to see with the naked eye. Mercury is the smallest major planet in the solar system, only slightly larger than Earth’s moon. And it lies so close to the sun that it takes only 88 days to complete one orbit around the star. To spot Mercury, look for a faint star-like object eight degrees above the horizon—equal to the the width of your clenched fist held at arm's length. The planet will be at its most visible because it will be higher in the eastern sky, away from the glare of the rising sun, than on any other morning in 2016.And here’s a viewing tip: Binoculars will help you initially track down the faint planet and crescent moon in the glare of the morning twilight. Also even a small telescope can also reveal Mercury as a disk that appears half lit, like a tiny version of the quarter moon. Here are some of the other exciting astronomical wonders in store for sky-watchers this week.

Zodiacal Lights—October 1-15

Starting about an hour before sunrise on Saturday, October 1, and lasting the next two weeks, keen skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can hunt down one of the most elusive astronomical phenomena visible in the sky: the zodiacal light. This pyramid-shaped beam of light is easily mistaken for the lights of a far-off city just over the dark horizon in the countryside, and has also been called “false dawn.” But this light is more ethereal; it is caused by sunlight reflecting off cosmic dust between the planets. Amazing to think that today we’re peering at billions of dust-sized particles that were left behind after the planets formed about five billion years ago.

Orionids Ramp Up—October 2

In the pre-dawn hours, the Orionid meteor shower kicks off with a sprinkle of shooting stars. But the best of this sky show will peak on the 21st with as many as 20 shooting stars per hour. Even if you’ve never heard of the Orionid meteor shower, you’ve probably heard of its source. The shooting stars you’re seeing now are part of the debris shed from the most famous of all Earth's icy visitors, Halley’s Comet.

Moon and Venus—October 3

A half-hour after your local sunset, look toward the very low southwestern sky for a razor-thin crescent moon pairing up with bright star-like Venus. The two objects will only be five degrees apart—equal to the width of your three middle fingers held together.

Uranus Primetime—October 15

The green ice giant Uranus officially reaches opposition, which means the outer planet will be at its biggest and brightest in our skies for the entirety of 2016. Uranus will appear opposite the sun in the sky and rises in the east after sunset in the constellation Pisces. Nearby, the full moon will make it easier to find the tiny disk: look for the planet less than four degrees underneath the moon. Both objects should fit easily into the field of view of a standard pair of binoculars. You can try spying Uranus, which is at magnitude 5.7, with the naked eye if you’re in dark countryside. You may, however, find it easier to pick out its tiny green-blue colored disk with binoculars or a small telescope. Its distinctive hue is caused by absorption of the red portion of the spectrum of sunlight by molecules of methane in its atmosphere; blue and green are reflected back to our eyes.

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