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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to October 2012

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to October 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of October, 2012:

October 4 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

October 7 — Draconid meteor shower. A moderate meteor shower originating near the constellation Draco.

October 8 — Last Quarter Moon, 3:33 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

October 10 — Southern Taurid meteor shower. This will be a favorable year for this minor shower.

October 15— New Moon, 8:03 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

October 16 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

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

October 21 — First Quarter Moon, 11:32 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

October 21— Orionid meteor shower. This will be a very favorable year for this powerful shower originating near the constellation Orion.

October 29 — Full Hunter’s Moon, 3:50 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.

2 comments

1 Robert { 10.19.12 at 12:53 am }

can you view this event say 10 miles from a city of about 100,000 people or should i try to get even farther away to see them ?

2 twopickers { 09.27.12 at 11:40 am }

How exciting that there are 4 meteor showers during October! Can’t wait!

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