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  Sky Calendar -- October 2014
1 First Quarter Moon at 19:32 UT.
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (362,476 km; angular size 33.0').
8 Full Moon at 10:50 UT.
8 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 9:15 UT and ends at 12:34 UT. Mid-eclipse at 10:56 UT. Partial phases begin at 8:16 UT and end at 13:34 UT. The Moon will appear red-orange in color during totality (the Earth's shadow). Visible from North America, Asia, Australia and much of the Pacific.
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 October 8 (NASA)
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 October 8 (PDF) (NASA)
11 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 15h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 10h UT.
15 Last Quarter Moon at 19:12 UT.
16 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. Not visible. Passes into the morning sky.
17 Moon near Beehive Cluster (76° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
18 Moon near Jupiter (66° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -2.0.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 404,897 km; angular size 29.5').
21 Orionid meteor shower peaks. Arises from the debris field of Comet Halley. Active from October 2 to November 7. Produces very fast (66 km/sec), generally faint meteors (20 per hour). Radiant located near Orion's club asterism. Favorable viewing conditions this year but rates are expected to be low.
Orionids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
23 New Moon at 21:55 UT. Start of lunation 1136.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
23 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 21:46 UT. Visible from Canada and the United States. Begins at 19:37, ends at 23:52 UT.
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2014 October 23 (NASA)
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2014 October 23 (PDF) (NASA)
25 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 7h UT. Passes into the evening sky (not visible).
25 Moon near Saturn (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. +0.6.
28 Moon near Mars (56° from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +0.9.
31 First Quarter Moon at 2:48 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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