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

Posted by amedalen in October 2010, 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.

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