October Moon & Planet data for 2017


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 3 Neptune 0.7 degrees north of the Moon Occn
October 5 Venus 0.2 degrees north of Mars
October 5 Moon full
October 6 Uranus 4.0 degrees north of the Moon
October 8 Mercury superior conjunction
October 9 Moon at perigee
October 9 Aldebaran 0.6 degrees south of the Moon Occn
October 11 Moon northern most declination (19.6 degrees)
October 12 Moon last quarter
October 13 Mercury 2.7 degrees north of Spica
October 15 Regulus 0.2 degrees south of the Moon Occn
October 17 Mars 1.7 degrees south of the Moon
October 18 Venus 1.9 degrees south of the Moon
October 18 Mercury 0.9 degrees south of Jupiter
October 19 Uranus at opposition
October 19 Moon new
October 20 Jupiter 3.7 degrees south of the Moon
October 20 Mercury 4.9 degrees south of the Moon
October 24 Saturn 3.2 degrees south of the Moon
October 25 Moon at apogee
October 25 Moon southern most declination (-19.8 degrees)
October 26 Pluto 2.2 degrees south of the Moon
October 26 Jupiter at conjunction
October 27 Moon first quarter
October 30 Neptune 0.8 degrees north of the Moon Occn
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • conjunction: Two astronomical objects are 'lined up' (have the same right ascension) when viewed from Earth. If only one object is mentioned the Sun is generally the other object.
  • 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