Southern California Desert Video Astronomers
To educate & promote astronomy in order to preserve the dark skies of the California Desert and everywhere for future generations.
SCDVA, moving the line for dark skies
Octobers Visible Planets
About 30 minutes after sunset, that bright star you see low in the sky toward the west- southwest is Venus.
Around October 6th, Mars can also be seen in the west -southwest skies just after dusk. It can be found just passing through the top of the Teapot in Sagittarius.
Saturn can also be found just to the lower right of Mars and Antares just below it.
Later in the evening and with the assistance of a telescope Uranus and Neptune are up after dark in the east and southeast.
In the early morning hours, Mercury is low in the dawn sky. It looks like a star, very low due east. Regulus is now above Mercury and a little to the right. Take a look about 40 minutes before sunrise. Jupiter is hidden within the sunrise.
Oct. 6th Conjunction between the Moon & Saturn
The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 3°46' of each other. They should first become visible around 6:35 pm PDT. and will set around 3 hours 6 minutes after the sun.
According to the charts, the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.0, and Saturn at mag 0.3, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be easily visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
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Last updated October 5, 2016