Happy October [2021]!

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent • Illumination: 27% • Moon Age: 24.39 days • Moon Distance: 394,648.68 km

The Dawn of October

brings dancing clouds

and all fiery colors.

It’s Autumn!

• This month’s colors: White & Yellow
• October Birthstones: Opal, Tourmaline, Jasper & Zircon
• Flowers associated with October: Marigold, Calendula & Cosmos
• Fruits and Veggies of October: Fruits Apples, Blackberries, Cranberries, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Star fruit, Dates, Quince. Veggies Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chicory, Leeks, Lettuce, Okra, Parsnips, Peppers, Pumpkins,, Shallots, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Winter squash.
• Astrological signs: Libra & Scorpio

Celestial calendar

October 6 New Moon at 11:05 UTC

October 7 Draconids Meteor Shower. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. This year, the nearly new moon will leave dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 20Full Moon at 14:57 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This moon has also been known as the Travel Moon and the Blood Moon.

October 21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The full moon will be a problem this year for the Orionids. Its glare will block out all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

October 25Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 18.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

October 29Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 47 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.

[info from seasky]

Listening to

Terje Rypdal

Autumn Breeze

[a little more than a breeze is what we’re having, but with an Autumn character!]

from the album After the Rain • 1976

Clouds catching the first rays of the October Sun


Happy October everyone!

54 replies »

    • Thank you, my dear Inese. I love fall also. Thankfully we get a full couple of months (if not more) of it which gives us plenty of time to prepare for the cold. I hope your great weather continues! Happy painting! 🌻

  1. Crazy… October already!
    Thank you, Marina. It seems like October is a busy month.
    Uch! Time to turn the clocks!
    Adore you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  2. Ominous skies with a fiery energy flowing through them.
    I love the description for this month – October.
    The instruments in the beginning of the video were very unusual. Is it a hawaiian guitar?
    Then, the changes towards the middle are definitely unexpected. This was a very enjoyable music video. Have a wondeful weekend, Marina. Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎 XOXO

  3. What a beautiful sunrise and perfect piece for the occasion. Our October started with and no reds, yellows or oranges in the sky. It Raining as I type. We will be showered with meteors, I see. Happy October, Marina.

    • We’re more likely to see Draconids [New Moon] rather than Orionids [Full Moon!]… but still… 😉
      Thank you, my friend. October here made its entrance with winds and lots of rain promising clouds …though no rain yet. Enjoy this beautiful month, Tim!

      • It was 3.3ºC this morning. I wen’t out in the fog got down on the riverbed and photographed the balloons and the pTerodactyl. In a past few days we’ve gone from trying to get the bedroom down to 18ºC before we go to bed, to it being 17ºC without turning on the air-conditioner. Seasons change quickly here. All summer Loki was the only cat who slept with me regularaly. The last two nights all the cats have be fighting for space on me. A few degrees makes a lot of difference in whether I’m covered in a pile of cats or only have Loki.

  4. In not too many weeks it will be Samhain marking the end and the beginning of the Celtic New Year! Halloween, and a magical time. Something to look forward to as we enjoy all the fruits of nature. Happy October, Marina! 💐💐🙋‍♂️

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