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  Sky Calendar -- October 2008
1 Moon near Mars at 0h UT (20° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. +1.6.
1 Moon near Venus at 23h UT (30° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. -3.9.
4 Moon very near Antares at 11h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Africa, Java, and Australia.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 404,721 km; angular size 29.5').
6 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
7 Moon near Jupiter at 8h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.3.
7 First Quarter Moon at 9:04 UT.
14 Full Moon at 20:02 UT. As the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon, it is called the Hunter's Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 6h UT (363,823 km; 32.4').
17 Moon near the Pleiades at 10h UT (morning sky). Skywatchers in the western half of North America will see the Moon graze the cluster's NW part. Stars will disappear on the bright limb and reappear on its dark limb.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
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 is located near Orion's "club" asterism. Unfavorable viewing conditions this year due to moonlight.
The Orionids (Gary Kronk)
21 Last Quarter Moon at 11:55 UT.
22 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 3h UT (82° from Sun, morning sky).
22 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° west from Sun (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -0.5.
23 Moon near Regulus at 20h UT (morning sky).
25 Moon near Saturn at 4h UT (morning sky). Mag. +1.0.
27 Venus 3.1° from Antares at 1h UT (36° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -4.0 and +1.0.
28 New Moon at 23:14 UT. Start of lunation 1062.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
31 Moon very near Antares at 19h UT (31° from Sun, evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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