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  Sky Calendar -- October 2010
1 Saturn at conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. The ringed planet passes into the morning sky.
1 Last Quarter Moon at 3:52 UT.
3 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 5h UT.
4 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 21h UT.
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (359,455 km; 33.2').
7 New Moon at 18:45 UT. Start of lunation 1086.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Venus (28° from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag -4.5.
10 Moon near Mars (31° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +1.5.
11 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 17h UT.
14 First Quarter Moon at 21:28 UT.
17 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. The planet passes into the evening sky.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 405,428 km; angular size 29.5').
20 Moon near Jupiter at 4h UT. Mag. -2.8.
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 October 21st; radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Unfavorable viewing conditions this year due to excessive moonlight.
23 Full Moon at 1:37 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 12h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 6h UT.
29 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. The planet passes into the morning sky.
29 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 12h UT.
30 Last Quarter Moon at 12:46 UT.
30 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 14h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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