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USPS Star Calendar for 31 October to 6 November 24 October 2010

Posted by amedalen in November 2010, October 2010.
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31 Oct
Happy Halloween.

1 Nov
Magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 4 finger-widths above the thin waning crescent moon high in the southeast before dawn. Today is All Saints’ Day.

2 Nov
The moon is midway between Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 0.9 Saturn, 2 fist-widths to the lower left. The star less than 1 finger-width above Saturn is magnitude 2.9 Porrima. Use binoculars.

3 Nov
Low in the east before first light, magnitude 0.9 Saturn is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 1.2 Spica is directly below Saturn close to the horizon. Magnitude -4.1 Venus is 3 finger-widths below Spica, barely above the horizon depending on your latitude. Try to catch a glimpse before the sky brightens. Venus climbs higher as the days pass. The moon is at perigee, 57.16 Earth-radii away. Use binoculars.

4 Nov
A sliver of moon is visible low in the east before dawn. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, magnitude 0.9 Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left, and magnitude 0.2 Arcturus, in the constellation Boötes the Herdsman, is 3 fist-widths to Spica’s upper left. The Big Dipper stands on its handle far to the upper left. Use binoculars.

6 Nov
New moon at 0452 UT