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  Sky Calendar -- October 2005
3 Annular Eclipse of the Sun visible along a narrow path from parts of Portugal, Spain, and North and East Africa from about 8:50 to 11:15 UT. Partial solar eclipse visible from Europe, Africa, and South Asia. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN -- it will instantly damage your eyes! Instead, use a pinhole in a large card to project the Sun's image onto a surface.
3 New Moon at 10:28 UT. Beginning of lunation 1024.
4 Moon near Jupiter at 15h UT (only 14° from Sun, evening sky). Jupiter mag. -1.7. Mercury (-0.6) nearby.
7 Moon near Venus at 5h UT (evening sky). Mag -4.2.
10 First Quarter Moon at 19:01 UT.
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (distance 365,449 km; size 32.6').
17 Venus near Antares at 2h UT (evening sky). Venus mag. -4.3, Antares mag. +1.0.
17 Full Moon at 12:14 UT. The full Moon of October, as the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon, is called the "Hunter's Moon".
19 Moon near Mars at 10h UT (morning sky). Mag. -2.1.
20 Moon near the Pleiades at 3h UT (morning sky).
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Observe in the pre-dawn hours of 20-22 October; radiant is located near Orion's "club" asterism. Unfortunately, moonlight spoils the event this year.
22 Jupiter in conjunction with Sun at 13h UT (not visible). Jupiter passes into the morning sky.
24 Moon near Pollux at 8h UT (morning sky).
25 Last Quarter Moon at 1:17 UT.
25 Moon near Saturn at 20h UT (morning sky). Saturn mag. +0.3.
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 404,494 km; angular size 29.7').
30 Mars nearest to Earth at 3:25 UT (69.4 million km or 43.1 million miles). Diameter 20.2 arcseconds, mag. -2.3. Closest passage till 31 July 2018.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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