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.
On October 2nd the moon will be in close proximity from the Open
|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.|
On October 12th the Moon will pass within 2° of the planet Mercury in the evening after sunset.
On October 15th around 8:30pm, the Moon will set about 6° away
from the planet Jupiter.
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.
day, pass within 2° of a day-and-a-half old crescent moon.
within 3° of Saturn.
|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.|
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.
|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.
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.
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 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.|
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.