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  Sky Calendar -- October 2017
3 Moon near Neptune (152° from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 7.8. Occultation visible from Tasmania and New Zealand.
Occultation of Neptune (IOTA)
5 Venus 0.2° NNE of Mars (23° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.8.
5 Full Moon at 18:41 UT.
8 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
9 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 2h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
9 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5:53 UT (366,855 km; angular size 32.6').
9 Moon near Aldebaran (126° from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT. Occultation visible from Asia.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
12 Last Quarter Moon at 12:26 UT.
13 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 20h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
15 Moon near Regulus (52° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Occultation visible from USA and Mexico.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
17 Moon near Mars (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. 1.8.
18 Moon near Venus (20° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −3.9.
19 Uranus at opposition at 17h UT. Mag. 5.7.
19 New Moon at 19:12 UT. Start of lunation 1173.
Lunation Number (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). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Observe after midnight on night of 21/22.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
23 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 8h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 0.5.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
25 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 405,154 km; angular size 29.5').
26 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 18h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
27 First Quarter Moon at 22:22 UT.
30 Moon near Neptune (124° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. 7.8. Occultation visible from southern Africa.
Occultation of Neptune (IOTA)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Summer Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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