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  Sky Calendar -- October 2006
5 Moon very near Uranus at 0h UT (evening sky). Mag. +5.7. Occultation visible from southern South America and southern Africa.
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (357,410 km; 33.4').
7 Full Moon at 3:12 UT. The full Moon of October, as the nearest this year to the September equinox, is the "Harvest Moon".
Harvest Moon (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near the Pleiades at 5h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from North America.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
13 Friday-the-13th, supposed to be unlucky. Friday falls on the 13th more often than any other day.
How Common are Friday the 13ths? (Math Forum at Drexel)
14 Last Quarter Moon at 0:26 UT.
14 Moon near Pollux at 5h UT (morning sky).
15 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 9h UT (75° from Sun, morning sky).
16 Moon near Saturn at 16h UT (morning sky).
17 Mercury at greatest elongation, 25° east from Sun (evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.0, low in the southwest (look below Jupiter after sunset).
17 Moon near Regulus at 6h UT (54° from Sun, morning sky).
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 406,074 km; angular size 29.4').
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. Occurs near New Moon this year so viewing conditions are excellent.
The Orionids (Gary Kronk)
22 New Moon at 5:14 UT. Beginning of lunation 1037.
22 Mercury 3.9° from Jupiter at 13h UT (24° from Sun, evening sky).
24 Moon near Jupiter and Mercury at 5h UT (23° from Sun, evening sky).
25 Moon very near Antares at 11h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from the southern Indian Ocean and Antarctica.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
27 Venus at superior conjunction at 17h UT (not visible). The planet passes into the evening sky.
29 First Quarter Moon at 21:25 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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