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Best Stargazing Events of October 2013 (Sky Map Gallery)

Venus and Antares, October 2013

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Wednesday, Oct. 16, after sunset. Look just below Venus for the red giant star Antares. If you look carefully, you may also be able to spot Mercury and Saturn.

Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter, October 2013

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Wednesday/Thursday, Oct. 16/17, 4:57–7:09 a.m. PDT. Observers on the West Coast will have the best chance of seeing this event, which mostly takes place after sunrise in the East.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, October 2013

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Friday/Saturday, Oct. 18/19, 2:25–4:37 a.m. EDT. The Moon will pass through the edge (penumbra) of the Earth’s shadow just after moonrise on the East Coast of North America. This eclipse is very slight, so you will have to look closely so as not to miss it. Look for a shading on the lower half of the Full Moon. It will also be visible in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter #2, October 2013

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Friday/Saturday, Oct. 18/19, 2:25–4:37 a.m. EDT. Most of this event will be visible all across North America.

Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter #3, October 2013

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Friday/Saturday, Oct. 25/26, 4:37–6:31 a.m. EDT. All of this event will be visible all across North America.

Mercury, October 2013

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Mercury is well placed in the evening sky for observers in the southern hemisphere, but very low for northern observers.

Venus, October 2013

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Venus is now a bright “evening star” setting just after the sun.

Mars, October 2013

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Mars is now a bright object in Leo in the morning sky. Mars will have a close encounter with Comet ISON on Oct. 15.

Jupiter, October 2013

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Jupiter is the brightest object in the morning sky all month. It is located in Gemini. There are several double shadow transits this month, plus a very rare triple shadow transit on Oct. 11/12.

Saturn, October 2013

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Saturn vanishes into evening twilight this month.

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