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10/21/2022 – Ephemeris – Lots of transient astronomical activity this weekend

October 21, 2022

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Friday, October 21st. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 41 minutes, setting at 6:48, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:07. The Moon, halfway from last quarter to new, will rise at 4:44 tomorrow morning. | We have several astronomical events happening tonight and over the weekend. The Orionid meteor shower may still be at peak, appearing tonight between 11 pm and moonrise tomorrow morning. Up to 20, and maybe more, meteors per hour may be spotted just prior to moonrise. Tomorrow Venus will be in superior conjunction with the Sun, the passing behind, though not directly behind the Sun, and thus entering the evening sky. It will be a month or so for Venus to separate itself from the Sun’s glare to be spotted in the early evening. Finally, on Sunday Saturn will end its retrograde or westward movement against the stars of Capricornus and resume moving eastward, its normal motion around our sky.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.


Orionid radiant

The Orionid meteor shower radiant. The radiant rises at 11 p.m., so the meteors will be visible from then into morning twilight. Despite the location of the radiant, the meteors will b e seen all over the sky. However, true Orionids can be traced back to the radiant point. This chart is from another year. This year, bright Mars would be at the top center of the image. Created using Stellarium.

Venus near Superior conjunction- SOHO LASCO C2 Coronagraph

Venus near Superior conjunction through the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) LASCO C2 Coronagraph. The white circle inside the occulting disk is the diameter of the Sun’s photosphere, the disk we see of the Sun in white light. Launched in 1995, SOHO has been in halo orbit around the Sun-Earth L1 Lagrange point ever since.

Saturn stationary animation

Saturn stationary animation showing it with and without annotations. The fine, folded line with tick marks is Saturn’s path. The tick marks are at 10-day intervals. Saturn starts out in retrograde motion, heading westward or to the right. On October 23rd, it slows and stops that motion. It begins to head back eastward in its normal prograde motion to the left. Outer planets like Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and the rest exhibit retrograde motion when the Earth in effect passes them on the same side of the Sun. Click on the image to enlarge it slightly. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts), LibreOffice Draw, and GIMP.

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