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Looking Up: A Skywatcher’s Guide to October 2011

Looking Up: A Skywatcher’s Guide to October 2011

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of October, 2011:

October 3 — First Quarter Moon, 11:15 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

October 8 — Draconid meteor shower. A moderate meteor shower originating near the constellation Draco. Output is expected to be particularly strong this year, but with poor visibility, due to the nearly full Moon.

October 10 — Southern Taurid meteor shower.

October 11 — Full Hunter’s Moon, 10:06 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

October 11 — Delta Aurigid meteor shower. This minor shower will be nearly impossible to see this year due to the full Moon.

October 12 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

October 18 — Epsilon Geminid meteor shower. A minor shower originating near the constellation Gemini.

October 19 — Last Quarter Moon, 11:30 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

October 21— Orionid meteor shower. A powerful shower originating near the constellation Orion.

October 24 — Leo Minorid meteor shower. A weak shower originating near the constellation Leo Minor.

October 26 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

October 26— New Moon, 3:56 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.


1 ayodeji joseph { 01.13.12 at 11:54 pm }

tell me more about elenid in connection to virgo pls janet

2 Irene Molskness { 09.30.11 at 1:20 pm }


3 Pam { 09.29.11 at 6:50 pm }

Well when it happens then it happens, people worry over something they think will happen but when we do not know. The world will end one day m aybe not in our time but when it does it does.

4 Jaime McLeod { 09.29.11 at 8:53 am }

The comet Elenin entered our solar system in August, sparking all sorts of wild rumors that it could collide with the Earth, or at least come close enough to shake things up down here. Those rumors are completely false. The comet is very small, is several million miles away from us, and will not come much closer. On top of that, astronomers believe it may recently have broken apart. This is just one more example of a few people trying to get other people worked up over nothing.

5 Janet Bishop { 09.28.11 at 4:53 pm }

Do you know anything about a comet “Elenid”? I heard it will be in the Constellation Virgo this week and it is connected to earthquakes.

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