October 2017 Sky

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)
October 2017 Sky All times Universal Time (UT).

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