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Saturn is in conjunction, 2.2° separated from the center of the Sun, on the 13th October. 

Distance to earth: 10.666 AU



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The Moon is close to Jupiter on the 13th October.



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Full Moon (diameter: 29.405', declination: 11.17°) at 2:05.7 UT, 9th October.

Lunar apogee (distance moon center to earth center: 406431.3 km, apparent diameter: 29'52.3") at 11:25.9 UT



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The planet Venus enters the zodiac sign Scorpio on the 9th October.



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Draconids and Jupiter's Moons On Tap for Skywatching in October



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Mercury is 1°52' south of Saturn at 08:58:32 UT, 7th October, 2011.

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A trio of comets and two meteor showers

The night sky at this time of the year is clear and crisp, allowing for excellent viewing.
That is fortunate for us, as this month we are in for a rare treat - three comets in the sky over the course of the night.
Though you will need to be under a dark sky in the country, away from the light pollution of the urban centres, as well as have a pair of good binoculars or a telescope (these comets are not yet visible or likely to become naked-eye visible), you should be able to spot all three comets.

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First Quarter Moon (declination: -20.97°) at 3:15.1 UT



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Venus is close to Spica (2.9deg) on the 4th October.



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Venus returns to the evening sky, shining very low in the west as soon as the sun sets. Mercury and Saturn are lost to view.
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