2 Oct High in the west before dawn, the moon is only ½ degree from Aldebaran. Orion is to the left.
7 Oct High in the east before dawn, three planets and a bright star line up to the moon’s lower left. Venus is 1 fist-width below the moon, Regulus is 1 finger-width to Venus’ left, Mars is another fist-width to the lower left, and Jupiter is 2 finger-widths beyond Mars.
8 Oct This morning the moon is less than 2 finger-widths to Venus’ upper right. Regulus is to Venus’ left.
9 Oct The moon is 2 finger-widths to the right of Mars and Jupiter.
10 Oct Before sunrise look for Mercury 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. Jupiter is 4 finger-widths above the moon.
11 Oct Low in the east before dawn, Mercury is less than 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left.
16 Oct Tonight Saturn is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, and Antares is 4 finger-widths to the lower left. Before dawn Mercury is at its greatest elongation, 18.1 degrees west of the sun.
17 Oct Mars and Jupiter pass within 0.38 degrees tonight. Low in the west at dawn, Mars is to Jupiter’s upper left.
18 Oct The moon is above the dome of Sagittarius, the Teapot constellation.
21 Oct The moon lies midway between Altair, 3 fist-widths to the upper right, and Fomalhaut, to the lower left.
22 Oct From top to bottom, Venus, Jupiter and Mars line up low in the east before dawn.
23 Oct Venus and Jupiter are separated by the width of 1 finger held at arm’s length.
25 Oct Separated by ½ finger-width, Venus and Jupiter stand side by side low in the east before dawn.
26 Oct Venus reaches its greatest elongation, 46.4 degrees west of the sun, and begins its slow journey back toward the sun. Venus remains prominent in the predawn sky for several months before passing east of the sun next summer.
29 Oct Tonight, the moon is 1 finger-width to the lower left of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, the Bull.
31 Oct Rising 4 hours after sunset, the moon is flanked by Orion to the right and the Gemini Twins to the left.
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