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  Sky Calendar -- October 2011
1 Mars 0.17° SSW from Beehive cluster (60° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +1.3.
1 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 22h UT.
4 First Quarter Moon at 3:15 UT.
4 Venus 2.9° NNE of Spica (13° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.0.
12 Full Moon at 2:06 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 406,434 km; angular size 29.4').
13 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. -2.9.
13 Saturn at conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. The ringed planet passes into the morning sky.
15 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 15h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 11h UT.
20 Last Quarter Moon at 3:30 UT.
20 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 23h UT.
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. Less favorable viewing this year due to some moonlight.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
21 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +1.2.
22 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 15h UT.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 12h UT (357,052 km; 33.6').
26 New Moon at 19:56 UT. Start of lunation 1099.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Mercury (17° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -0.3.
28 Moon near Venus (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -3.9.
29 Jupiter at opposition at 2h UT (mag. -2.9). Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system.
29 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 5h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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