Times are for the Grand Traverse Region of Michigan – Eastern Time.
These are the planets visible from antiquity plus any comets that become visible without optical aid.
Planetary motion for the month of October 2012 is shown by the white tracks the planets leave at 5 day intervals for the month.
Mercury is in the morning sky this month and now readily visible for northern hemisphere viewers. It will reach greatest western elongation on the 18th and will be a fine view for southern hemisphere observers.
Venus is visible in the west after sunset, and beginning to move toward the sun. In telescipes it is growing and size as its crescent wanes. It's quite a sight through this month and October.
Is in Leo this month and beginning to dim as the earth moves ahead of it in there orbits of the sun.
Jupiter is in the west in the evening, below Venus, and soon will only be seen in evening twilight.
Saturn is located to the left of the bright star Spica in Virgo. It will move in opposition from the sun on the 14th.
Last Quarter Moon 3:33 a.m.
Draconid Meteor Shower - A.K.A. Giacobinids. Poor most years meteor storm possibilities when comet is in the area. Duration October 6-10. Related to Comet Giacobini-Zinner.
Oct 17. & Oct 18.
Mars 1.6°S of Moon 8:05 a.m. Oct 18th.
Mars 3.6°N of Antares 2:04 a.m.
First Quarter of Moon 23:31 (local time)
Orionid Meteor Shower - 25 meteors per hour. Duration 15th to the 29th. Related to Halley's Comet.
Mercury greatest elongation east of the sun.(24°) 6:02 p.m. Evening apparition. Best seen in the southern hemisphere.
Full Moon 15:49 (local time)
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