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USPS Star Calendar for 24 to 30 October 17 October 2010

Posted by amedalen in October 2010.
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24 Oct
The moon rises less than an hour after sunset. The Pleiades Cluster is less than 2 finger-widths to its left, and magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, is 1½ fist-widths to the lower left. The bright star 3 fist-widths beyond the Pleiades is magnitude 0.2 Capella. Use binoculars.

25 Oct
Before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is less than a half finger-width from the moon high in the west. Tonight, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, the Pleiades Cluster is 4 finger-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 0.2 Capella is 2 fist-widths to the upper left. Use binoculars.

26 Oct
Look high in the west this morning to see Aldebaran 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. Orion is farther left.

27 Oct
Rising just before midnight, the moon and Orion, 1 to 2 fist-widths to the right, are followed closely by the Gemini Twins. High in the south at first light, Orion is to the moon’s lower right and the Twins are to its upper left. The bright star nearly 4 fist-widths below the moon is magnitude -1.6 Sirius, the Dog Star.

28 Oct
The Gemini Twins rise with the moon late tonight.

29 Oct
At inferior conjunction with the sun, Venus passes between the sun and Earth and moves from the evening sky into the morning sky.

30 Oct
Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower right high in the south at sunrise. The Gemini Twins are the same distance to the moon’s upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 2 fist-widths to the lower left. Last-quarter moon at 1246 UT

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