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Sun, Moon, and Stars: October 2001

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. 2000 4 pm
2 FULL MOON 1400 10 am
7 Saturn is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1900 3 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. 1800 2 pm
10 Jupiter is 1 degree 4 minutes south of the Moon. 0000 8 pm
(Oct. 9)
10 LAST QUARTER 0400 12 am
(midnight)
14 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury. 0200 10 pm
(Oct. 13)
14 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 2300 7 pm
15 Venus is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 0200 10 pm
(Oct. 14)
16 NEW MOON 1900 3 pm
17 Neptune appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 0300 11 pm
22 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 1100 7 am
23 Mars is 0 degrees 1 minute north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 2000 4 pm
24 FIRST QUARTER 0300 11 pm
(Oct. 23)
24 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1200 8 am
25 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1700 1 pm
26 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 2000 4 pm
29 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 19 degrees west of the Sun. 1700 12 pm*
(noon)
31 Uranus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 0400 11 pm*
(Oct. 30)