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USPS Star Calendar for 3 to 9 October 26 September 2010

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3 Oct
High in the west before sunrise, the moon rests inside a triangle formed by the Gemini Twins 2 fist-widths above, Procyon 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Regulus 1½ fist-widths to the lower left.

4 Oct
Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the waning crescent moon’s left this morning.

6 Oct
The moon is at perigee, 56.42 Earth-radii away.

7 Oct
New moon at 1844 UT

9 Oct
The thin waxing crescent moon is low in the west at dusk. Look quickly to spot magnitude 1.5 Mars, 2 finger-widths to the upper right. Viewers in southern latitudes may see magnitude -4.5 Venus near the horizon to the lower right.

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USPS Star Calendar for 26 September to 2 October 19 September 2010

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27 Sep
Look low in the east late this evening to see the Pleiades 1 finger-width above the moon and Aldebaran 1 fist-width below the moon near the horizon. Magnitude -4.6 Venus is at its brightest. Use binoculars.

29 Sep
High in the south before dawn, Aldebaran is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Orion is directly below the moon.

1 Oct
Look low in the west at evening twilight to see magnitude -4.6 Venus a half fist-width above the horizon. Venus sets less than an hour after the sun, and magnitude 1.5 Mars is 3 finger-widths to the upper right. In the east, magnitude -2.9 Jupiter travels across the southern sky and sets an hour before sunrise. Last-quarter moon at 0352 UT (2352 EDT yesterday)

2 Oct
High in the east at first light, you’ll find the Gemini Twins, magnitude 1.2 Pollux and 1.6 Castor, less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right and magnitude -1.6 Sirius is 2½ fist-widths farther right.

USPS Star Calendar for 19 to 25 September 12 September 2010

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19 Sep
This evening, Jupiter is 3½ fist-widths left of the moon, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths to the lower left.

21 Sep
In opposition to the sun, Jupiter and Uranus rise at sunset, are on the meridian at midnight, and set when the sun rises. Magnitude -2.9 Jupiter and magnitude 5.7 Uranus are their brightest for the year. You’ll need binoculars, a clear sky and low light pollution to see Uranus, a faint spot one-half finger-width to Jupiter’s upper left. The moon is at apogee, 63.68 Earth-radii away. Use binoculars.

22 Sep
Rising an hour before sunset, the moon is followed 30 minutes later by Jupiter, 3 finger-widths to the lower right.

23 Sep
Jupiter
is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right tonight and 1½ fist-widths below at dawn tomorrow. The autumnal equinox occurs at 0309 UT. Full Corn Moon at 0917 UT

24 Sep
The moon dominates the eastern sky this evening, rising about a half-hour after Jupiter.

USPS Star Calendar for 12 to 18 September 5 September 2010

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13 Sep
Antares
is 1 finger-width to the moon’s left low in the south tonight. Try to spot magnitude 3.1 sigma Scorpii one-half degree to the moon’s lower left and magnitude 4.8 omicron Scorpii above the moon. Use binoculars.

14 Sep
The moon is above the tail of Scorpius this evening.

15 Sep
The moon is to the upper right of the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. First-quarter moon at 0550 UT

16 Sep
Sagittarius
is to the lower right of the moon.

17 Sep
The moon is low in the south early this evening. Look 3 fist-widths above or to the upper right for magnitude 0.9 Altair in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. Sagittarius is to the lower right.