I wish I could have shared this sooner, but the week leading up to Oct. 16 was John, my brother, and my Elk Hunt so I was busy getting ready to go.
In the morning sky at daybreak, 3 planets were in clear view. The dimmest and closest to the dawn sun was Mercury. The brightest was Venus and the third was Saturn. You could see all 3 planets throughout the first 2 weeks of October if you were up before dawn and on the 16th a special appearance was made by a crescent moon. John was able to share this view with me from 6700 feet up in the mountains on my friend John Toner’s property. Clear skies, unseasonably warm weather, 15% humidity and no light pollution made for great observing and camping – but lousy elk hunting.
Oh well, at least we enjoyed the night sky even though the daytime was a bust.