The Sky This Month: October÷November 2003

Upcoming Events:

Oct 9

Thu

4am

Draconid meteors peak

Oct 10

Fri

3:27am

Full Moon: the "Hunterâs Moon"

Oct 13

Mon

11am

Asteroid Pallas at opposition

Oct 17

Fri

11am

Saturn 5ˇ S of Moon

Oct 18

Sat

8:31am

Last quarter Moon

Oct 20, 21, 23

MTuTh

 

Deep sky observing sessions: first clear night

Oct 21

Tue

7pm

Jupiter 4ˇ S of Moon

Oct 22

Wed

5am

Orionid meteors peak

Oct 24÷Nov 7

Fri

 

Zodiacal Light in E before morning twilight

Oct 25

Sat

8:50am

New Moon

Oct 26

Sun

2am

Daylight Saving Time ends

Oct 26

Sun

3pm

Venus 0.08ˇ N of Moon

Oct 27÷30

Mon-Thu

 

City observing session: first clear night

Oct 31

Fri

 

Halloweâen

Oct 31

Fri

11:25pm

First quarter Moon

Nov 3

Mon

4am

Mars 3ˇ N of Moon

Nov 4

Tue

5pm

S. Taurid meteors peak

Capricornus and Aquarius:

Double stars:

Star

Colour

Magnitude

Separation

Position Angle

a Alpha Capricorni
Al Giedi double double

yellow-orange yellow-orange

3.6 4.2

378"

291ˇ

b Beta Capricorni Dabih triple

yellow blue yellow

3.4 6.2 9.0

205" 227"

267ˇ 134ˇ

41 Aquarii

gold blue

7.1 7.1

5.0"

114ˇ

z Zeta Aquarii

white white

4.3 4.5

2.1"

192ˇ

Variables:

Name

Type

Range

Per

Charts

R Aqr

Mira

6.5÷10.3

387d

http://www.aavso.org/charts/AQR/R_AQR/RAQR-A.GIF

http://www.aavso.org/charts/AQR/R_AQR/RAQR-B.GIF

http://www.aavso.org/charts/AQR/R_AQR/RAQR-D.GIF

Deep sky objects:  

Object

NSOG

Type

Magnitude

Surface brightness

Messier 30

*****

Glob Clust

7.3

 

Messier 72

****

Glob Clust

9.3

 

Messier 73

***

Astrerism

8.9

 

NGC 7009 Saturn Nebula

****

Planetary Neb

8.3

6.2 (diameter=25")

Messier 2

*****

GlobClust

6.4

 

NGC 7293 Helix Nebula

*

Planetary Neb

7.3

13.2 (diameter=769")