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  Sky Calendar -- October 2023
2 Moon near Jupiter at 2h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.8.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near the Pleiades at 7h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near M35 star cluster at 17h UT (morning sky).
5 Moon at northernmost declination (28.3°) in 2023 at 21h UT.
6 Last Quarter Moon at 13:48 UT.
7 Moon near Castor at 5h UT (morning sky).
7 Moon near Pollux at 11h UT (morning sky).
8 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 16h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
9 Venus 2.3° SSW of Regulus at 16h UT (46° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −4.5 and 1.4.
10 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 405,426km; angular size 29.5').
10 Moon near Regulus at 14h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Venus at 16h UT (46° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −4.5.
Venus (Wikipedia)
14 Annular Solar Eclipse from 16:10 to 19:49 UT with greatest eclipse at 17:59 UT. Path of annularity extends across western USA, Central America, Columbia & Brazil. Partial eclipse in the Americas.
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2023 October 14 (GIF) (NASA)
Solar Eclipses: 2021 - 2040 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Total Solar Eclipses: How common are they in the Solar System? (video) (ASSA/YouTube)
14 New Moon at 17:54 UT. Start of lunation 1247.
18 Moon near Antares at 14h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible in eastern Europe & Middle East.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
20 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 5h UT. The innermost planet passes into the evening sky.
20 Moon at southernmost declination (−28.3°) in 2023 at 9h UT.
22 Orionid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (67 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism.
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
22 First Quarter Moon at 3:29 UT.
22 Venus at dichotomy (D-shape) at 22h UT (morning sky).
23 Venus at greatest elongation west at 9h UT (46° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −4.4.
24 Moon near Saturn at 11h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.7.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 3:03 UT (distance 364,872km; angular size 32.7').
28 Partial Eclipse of the Moon from 18:02 to 22:26 UT, with mid-eclipse at 20:14 UT. Visible from eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2023 October 28 (PDF) (NASA)
Eclipses of the Moon (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
28 Full Moon at 20:23 UT.
29 Moon near Jupiter at 7h UT (midnight sky). Mag. −2.9.
30 Moon near the Pleiades at 17h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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