Sky Events 2020

October

October 1: Mercury at its greatest eastern elongation
                    Full Moon
                    M31, M32 and M110 are well-placed for observation.

October 2: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

October 5: The October Camelopardalid meteor shower reaches its peak activity.

October 8: The Draconid meteor shower reaches its peak activity.

October 9: Third Quarter Moon

October 10: The Southern Taurid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 5 meteors per hour.

October 11: The δ-Aurigid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 2 meteors per hour.

October 13: Mars at opposition
                      Conjunction of Venus and the Moon

October 14: M33 is well-placed for observation.

October 16: New Moon

October 17: Dwarf planet Eris at opposition
                      Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

October 18: The ε-Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of around 3 meteors per hour.

October 21: The Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak activity at about 15 meteors per hour.

October 22: Conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn

October 23: First Quarter Moon

October 24: The Leonis Minorid meteor shower reaches its peak activity at about 3 meteors per hour.

October 29: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

October 31: Full Moon

November

November 7: Third Quarter Moon

November 10: Mercury at greatest western elongation

November 12: The northern Taurid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 5 meteors per hour.
                        Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

November 13: Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

November 15: New Moon
                        Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto, with an angular separation of 0°41′.

November 17: The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of 15 meteors per hour.
                        The open star cluster Pleiades (M45) is well-placed for observation.

November 19: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
                        Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

November 21: First Quarter Moon
                        The α-Monocerotid meteor shower reaches peak activity.

November 25: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

November 28: The November Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of 3 meteors per hour.

November 30: Full Moon
                        Penumbral lunar eclipse between 2:33 and 6:54 AM EST