October 2007

Lunar Events

The New moon for October occurs on Wednesday October 10th, 2007.  This will make the Weekends on October 6-7 and October 13-14 as the best night for dark sky viewing.

The Full Moon October occurs on October 25th, 2007 and is the Hunter’s Moon (Since the Harvest Moon occurred in September.

Moon, Mars and M35

On October 2nd the moon will be in close proximity from the Open

Cluster M35 and the planet Mars.  The Moon will pass about 4°35’

from Mars with M35 in between about 3°15’ from the Moon.

Moon, M44, Venus, Saturn and Regulus On October 5th around 3:15am The Moon will pass within 1° of the Beehive Cluster, also known as M44.
On October 7th around 4:00am The Moon will rise in quadruple conjunction between The star Regulus and the planets Venus and Saturn. By 7:00am the moon will pass with 1°15’ of Saturn. Moon, Venus, Saturn and Regulus

On October 12th the Moon will pass within 2° of the planet Mercury in the evening after sunset.

Moon, Jupiter and Mercury

On October 15th around 8:30pm, the Moon will set about 6° away

from the planet Jupiter.

Moon, Pleiades M45

On October 27th at 7:30pm, the moon will rise about 2°10’ from the

open cluster Pleiades, also known as ‘The Seven Sisters’ or M45.

On the same night the moon will actually occult Pleiades, but this will

only be visible from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Western Asia.


Mercury is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) for the entire month of October and is visible as the evening star until about October 18th, when it will disappear into the glare of the Sun.  It will re-appear in the Morning, around October 29th.

Moon Mercury

On October 12th, Mercury starts a retrograde motion and, on the same

day, pass within 2° of a day-and-a-half old crescent moon.


The planet Venus is the Morning Star all month and is located in the constellation Leo (The Lion) in October.

V2enus, Regulus and Saturn

On October 9th, Venus will pass with 3° of the star Regulus and by

October 11th Venus will be in a triple conjunction with the star

Regulus and the Planet Saturn.  On October 14th Venus will pass

within 3° of Saturn.

Venus at Opposition Venus will reach its Greatest Western Elongation on October 28th, 2007 and will be 46°27’59” away from the Sun on that date.  Venus will rise over 3 hours before the Sun.


The planet Mars is located in the constellation Gemini (The Twins) until December 30th, 2007. Mars is visible late evening until sunrise all month.

On the first of October Mars rises around 11:15pm and by sunrise can be located near the Zenith. By the end of the month Mars rises around 10:00pm.  Views of Mars are spectacular and will continue to improve as it approaches Opposition on Christmas Eve 2007.

Mars M35

On October 3rd, Mars will come within 1° of the open cluster M35.

Moon and Mars On October 30th Mars will set within 2°30’ of the Waning Gibbous Moon.


You can locate the planet Jupiter in the constellation Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer) until December 2nd, 2007. In October Jupiter is visible in the evening hours setting around 10:00 pm at the beginning of October and setting around 8:00pm at the end of October.

Jupiter and Pluto

The position of Jupiter and Pluto during the month of October.


The planet Saturn can be found in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until the year 2009.  Saturn is visible in the morning hours all month, rising around 4:10am near the beginning of the month and around 2:30am by the end of October.

Vnus Saturn Regulus

On October 11th, Saturn can be found in triple conjunction with the

planet Venus and the star Regulus

Venus, Regulus and SaturnOn October 14th, Saturn will come within 3° of the planet Venus.


Uranus is visible for most of the night all month.  Uranus sets around 5am at the beginning of October and by the end of October it can be found setting at 3:00am.  Uranus is located in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until the year 2009.

Neptune and Uranus

Position of Neptune and Uranus during October.


Neptune is observable until the very early morning hours in October. Located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010, Neptune sets around 3am at the first of October and sets about 2 hours earlier by the end of the month (1:00am).

On October 20th at 9:30pm, Neptune passes within 1°50’ on the Waxing, Gibbous Moon. Moon and Neptune


The former-planet-known-as-Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023. Pluto can be observed in the evening hours before 11:00pm at the beginning of the month and until 9:00pm by the end of the month.

Pluto and Jupiter

The position of Jupiter and Pluto during the month of October.

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