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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: October 2001

October Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EDT)
1 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde motion. 20004 pm
2 FULL MOON 140010 am
7 Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 19003 pm
9 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 18002 pm
10 Jupiter is 1 degree 4 minutes south of the Moon. 00008 pm
(Oct. 9)
10 LAST QUARTER 040012 am
(midnight)
14 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury. 020010 pm
(Oct. 13)
14 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 23007 pm
15 Venus is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 020010 pm
(Oct. 14)
16 NEW MOON 19003 pm
17 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 030011 pm
22 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 11007 am
23 Mars is 0 degrees 1 minute north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 20004 pm
24 FIRST QUARTER 030011 pm
(Oct. 23)
24 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 12008 am
25 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 17001 pm
26 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 20004 pm
29 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 19 degrees west of the Sun. 170012 pm*
(noon)
31 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 040011 pm*
(Oct. 30)
*Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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