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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending October 4, 2014
October starts with Mars north of Antares and Saturn in the middle of Libra. For northern hemisphere observers, they will be in the southwest at sunset. Saturn moves east toward the edge of the diamond of Libra by the end of the month. But the planet becomes hard to see as it and the constellation set closer to sunset. By the end of October, Mars is into Sagittarius. The red planet will have a close call with Kaus Borealis, the bow star, in early November.
Pegasus, Andromeda, and Pisces are among the evening risers this month.
Jupiter is prominent during the morning. It’s between Cancer and Leo.
Mercury is close to the sun early in the month, but it emerges in the morning in Virgo by the end of October. The planet is at inferior conjunction on the 16th and perihelion on the 25th.
Venus is too close to the sun to see this month. It’s at superior conjunction on the 25th.
NASA's October 23, 2014 ...