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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: October 2000

October Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
5 FIRST QUARTER 11007 am
6 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 07003 am
6 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 26 degrees east of the Sun. 10007 am
7 Neptune is 1 degree 3 minutes north of the Moon. 06002 am
8 Uranus is 1 degree 5 minutes north of the Moon. 08004 am
9 Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pallas and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 22006 am
13 FULL MOON 09005 am
15 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 11007 am
16 Saturn is 1 degree 6 minutes north of the Moon. 06002 am
17 Jupiter is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 00008 pm (Oct. 16)
18 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 18002 pm
19 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 22006 pm
20 LAST QUARTER 08004 am
21 Jupiter is 5 degrees north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. 05001 am
24 Mars is 3 degrees south of the Moon. 05001 am
26 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 20004 pm
26 Venus is 3 degrees north of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. 22006 pm
27 NEW MOON 22006 pm
30 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury. 020010 pm (Oct. 29)1
30 Venus is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 08004 am2
19 pm EST.
23 am EST.

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