October 2016 Sky

October 2016 Sky

1 New Moon at 0:11 UT. Start of lunation 1160.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Venus (31° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -3.9.
4 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,096 km; angular size 29.4′).
6 Moon near Saturn at 9h UT. Mag. +0.5.
8 Moon near Mars at 12h UT. Mag. +0.1.
9 First Quarter Moon at 4:33 UT.
16 Full Moon at 4:23 UT. Perigee in 19.4 hours.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0h UT (357,861 km; angular size 33.4′).
18 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 15h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
19 Moon very near Aldebaran (136° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico, Central America, SE Canada.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
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. Moonlight interferes.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar PDF (IMO)
22 Last Quarter Moon at 19:14 UT.
23 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 10h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
25 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 4h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
26 Venus 3.1° N of Antares (36° from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.0.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 16h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
28 Moon near Jupiter (25° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. -1.7.
29 Venus 3.0° S of Saturn (37° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +0.5.
30 New Moon at 17:38 UT. Start of lunation 1161.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
31 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 406,662 km; angular size 29.4′).
October 2016 Sky All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT – 4 hours.

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