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.
• 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
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 20 • Full 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 25 • Mercury 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 29 • Venus 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]
[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