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October 2020

Favourable Lunar libration NE limb (Humboldt Sea)

October 24
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Mercury is at inferior conjunction

October 25
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Daylight Saving Times ends

October 25 @ 1:00 am
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moon is 3.5° below Mars

October 29
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Venus at perihelion

October 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Uranus (5.7m) is at opposition

October 31
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Smallest full moon of 2020 (29′ 25″)

October 31
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Samhain

October 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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November 2020

Asteroid Flora is at opposition in Cetus

November 2
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Favourable lunar libration south west limb (Shickard etc)

November 9
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Galileo to Laudato Si’: Why Astronomy Needs Faith

November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mercury greatest elongation west (19° 08′)

November 10
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Mercury & Venus are about 12° apart. The moon lies between them early the next morning

November 12
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Taurid meteors peak

November 13
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Jupiter and Pluto 41′ apart – 3rd of a triple conjunction

November 13

A triple conjunction is an astronomical event where two planets or a planet and a star meet each other three times in a short period, either in opposition or at the time of inferior conjunction, if an inferior planet is involved. The visible movement of the planet or the planets in the sky is therefore normally prograde at the first conjunction, retrograde at the second conjunction and again prograde at the third conjunction.

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Mars stationary pro-grade motion resumes

November 15
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Leonid meteor shower peak

November 17
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Moon 4° from Jupiter and Saturn

November 19
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Favourable lunar libration north east limb (Humboldt Sea)

November 21
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Moon 6° from Mars

November 25
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Neptune stationary, pro-grade motion resumes

November 29
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Penumbral Lunar eclipse (mag = 0.823) am

November 30 @ 7:32 am - 11:53 am

November 2020 lunar eclipse Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 30 November 2020 P1 7:32:21 UTC Greatest 9:42:49 P4 11:53:20

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December 2020

Moon is close to the Sickle of Leo

December 5
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Favourable lunar libration South West limb (Shickard etc)

December 7
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Moon lies 7° from Venus

December 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mercury will be occulted during daylight

December 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Geminid Meteor shower peak

December 14 @ 11:30 pm
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Jupiter is 1° from globular cluster M75

December 16
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Jupiter and Saturn are only 0.5° apart – the moon lies 7° away

December 17
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Mercury is at superior conjunction

December 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Jupiter and Saturn great conjunction – 6′ Apart

December 21

After this December 21, 2020 conjunction, the two planets will appear to trade positions, as Jupiter overtakes Saturn. Jupiter will progress to the east and draw farther and farther away from Saturn throughout the decade of the 20s. This is a once in 20 years great conjunction Both planets will fit in a 100x eyepiece field.  Jupiter takes almost 12 years to circle the sun but Saturn takes 29.5 so Jupiter inevitably catches and laps the Ring World.

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Winter Solstice

December 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mars is 6.5° from Moon

December 23
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Jupiter’s moons are is order of their increasing distance from the planet

December 24
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Venus is 5.25° upper left of Antares

December 25
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