Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Oct 1: Comet 103P Hartley is just 1 deg 37’ from Alpha Cassiopeia

Oct 1: Saturn Conjunction

Oct 1: Last Quarter Moon

Oct 5: A Waning Crescent Moon stands within 6 degrees from Regulus in East just before dawn

Oct 7: Mars is just 41’25” from a 2.7th mag star Alpha Librae after sunset in West

Oct 7: Comet 103P Hartley is just 1.5 deg away from “Double Clusters” in Perseus. Great opportunity for astro-photographers!!

Oct 8: New Moon

Oct 8-9: Draconids Meteor Shower will peak in a New Moon night. Expect a peak rate of 10 meteors per hour under clear, moonless conditions.

Oct 11: A Waxing Crescent Moon is just 2 degrees from Antares in West at the time of evening

Oct 15: First Quarter Moon

Oct 17: Mercury Superior Conjunction

Oct 18: Comet 103P Hartley is within 3 degrees south of brilliant Capella

Oct 20: The Moon is within 8 degrees from Jupiter

Oct 20: Comet 103P Hartley is closest to Earth by distance of 0.12 AU.

Oct 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower will peak in presence of a Waxing Gibbous (95% illuminated) Moon. This shower produces a peak rate of 20 meteors per hour.

Oct 23: Comet 103P Hartley is just 1.5 deg from the Open Cluster M37 after midnight

Oct 23: Full Moon

Oct 25: The Moon is just about 4 degrees from M45

Oct 26: Comet 103P Hartley is 3 degrees from a rich open cluster M35 in Gemini after midnight

Oct 29: Venus Inferior Conjunction

Oct 30: Last Quarter Moon


VENUS: Very low in the evening sky. The planet will be on Inferior Conjunction on 29th October.

MARS: Along with Venus, Mars is very low in the evening sky at West. Mars will be just 41’25” from a 2.7th mag star Alpha Librae on 7th.

JUPITER: Jupiter will be visible for most of the time of night during October. The planet URANUS will remain close with Jupiter.

SATURN: The ringed world will emerge from the early morning eastern sky around 20th August. The planet will be very close to Gamma Virginis star.

MERCURY: Mercury will be on Superior Conjunction on 17th.


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