Stargazer calendar October 2014

Star calendar 1–31 October

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1 Oct    The moon is above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius, low in the south tonight. Mars and Antares are 3 fist-widths to the lower right.

2 Oct    The bright star 2½ fist-widths above the moon is Altair.

3 Oct    The moon lies between Altair, 2½ fist widths to the upper right, and Fomalhaut, 3½ fist-widths to the lower left.

5 Oct    The moon rises less than 2 hours before sunset and is high in the southwest by midnight.

8 Oct    A total lunar eclipse will be visible for much of the U.S. before dawn as Earth’s shadow covers the full moon.

10 Oct    Rising less than 2 hours after sunset, the moon is high in the east by midnight. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the left. [Binoculars]

11 Oct    The moon rises 2½ hours after sunset, followed a few minutes later by Aldebaran. By midnight, they have climbed higher in the east with Aldebaran 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width above the moon. [Binoculars]

13 Oct    The moon and Orion, to the moon’s right, rise 4 hours after sunset.

14 Oct    High in the south before first light, Orion stands tall to the moon’s lower right. The Gemini Twins are 2 fist-widths to the upper left.

15 Oct    The bright star 1 fist-width below the moon this morning is Procyon.

17 Oct    Jupiter is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left before dawn.

18 Oct    The moon is 4 finger-widths to Jupiter’s lower right this morning. Regulus is nearly 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. Together, they form a triangle you can cover with your fist held at arm’s length. The moon is at apogee, 63.48 Earth-radii (405,000 kilometers) away.

23 Oct    A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. this afternoon. More of the sun will be covered for those in northern latitudes than for those farther south. Remember not to look directly at the sun.

27 Oct    Low in the southwest at sunset, Mars is less than 1 fist-width to the lower left of the thin waxing crescent moon.

28 Oct    Mars sets 3 hours after the sun. The moon, now to Mars’ upper left, follows an hour later.

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