October Moon & Planet data for 2016


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during October. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

October 1 Moon new
October 2 Spica 5.5 degrees south of the Moon
October 3 Venus 4.9 degrees south of the Moon
October 4 Moon at apogee
October 6 Saturn 3.7 degrees south of the Moon
October 8 Moon southern most declination (-18.5 degrees)
October 9 Pluto 3.2 degrees south of the Moon
October 9 Moon first quarter
October 11 Mercury 0.8 degrees north of Jupiter
October 13 Neptune 1.1 degrees south of the Moon Occn
October 15 Uranus at opposition
October 16 Uranus 2.7 degrees north of the Moon
October 16 Moon full
October 17 Moon at perigee
October 19 Aldebaran 0.4 degrees south of the Moon Occn
October 19 Mars 3.3 degrees south of Pluto
October 20 Moon northern most declination (18.6 degrees)
October 21 Mercury 3.2 degrees north of Spica
October 22 Moon last quarter
October 25 Regulus 1.5 degrees north of the Moon
October 26 Venus 3.1 degrees north of Antares
October 27 Mercury superior conjunction
October 28 Jupiter 1.3 degrees south of the Moon
October 29 Spica 5.5 degrees south of the Moon
October 30 Venus 3.0 degrees south of Saturn
October 30 Moon new
October 30 Mercury 4.2 degrees south of the Moon
October 31 Moon at apogee
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • superior conjunction: Conjunction where the Sun is between the Earth another solar system object