Look Up! ... Open All Eyes!

Hello Sky Watchers,
October 4, 5:34pm PDT marked the start of a new lunar cycle, which and ends November 3, 4:50am PDT. The heavens are presenting us with a variety of celestial delights and planetary treats during this cycle. Sunday, October 6, at dusk there's a challenging binocular observation. The youngest, whisker-thin Crescent Moon dances with Mercury, Saturn and Venus. If you're up for the challenge, this map and text are helpful. Approximate set times: Mercury 7:35pm, the Moon 7:45pm, Saturn 8:00pm

Draco the Dragon comes alive with fiery breath (shooting stars). Look Up! Monday evening, October 7, is predicted to be the best time to watch the Dragon. Map Draco holds the key to eternal life. Will his fiery breath enliven your Spirit?

Lunar Theme: Intuition & Premonition "Our New Moon ... lies in sidereal Virgo and over Corvus, the Raven Messenger ... The stars of this area of the zodiak excite higher mental capacities such as clairvoyance and telepathic awareness. They bring emphasis to our need to have astute moment-by moment attentiveness to messages expressing through the natural and every-day world around us ... this fore-vision is so we may act accordingly in the present so we can meet, in preparedness and at the right time, future events that are already precipitating into our reality ..." Click the lunar theme link for more insights by Nick Fiorenza.

Venus and the cosmic Scorpion also underscore the birthing of intuitive discernment during this lunar cycle. Hmmm ... One's third eye shows the way to go!

Young Luna Dances with Venus and Fiery Antares
Venus Blazes in the Burning Ground of the Scorpion
Where Can You View the Belt of Venus?
Find the False Dawn of Omar Khayyam

Image: Sky & Telescope

Additional Views May Include Difficult to See Saturn and Mercury:
10/7 Dusk ~ 10/8 Dusk ~ 10/9 Maps include South Africa

Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Mid-Oct. Map
30 minutes after sunset, looking southwest.

Approximate Set times Oct.7, 8, 9:
Moon: 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:20
Mercury: 7:35pm, Saturn: 8:00pm
Venus: 8:40pm, Antares: 9:00pm
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

Watch the Moon pass above Venus and Antares these evenings. (These scenes are drawn for the middle of North America. European observers: move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. For clarity, the Moon is shown three times actual size.)

Monday, October 7 During twilight, the waxing crescent Moon shines to the right of Venus. Well to the Moon's lower right, while twilight is still fairly bright, binoculars show Saturn above Mercury.

Tuesday, October 8 The Moon shines above Venus in twilight. Depending on where you are in North America, the Moon, Venus, and fainter Antares form a nearly equilateral triangle, as shown [above].

Wednesday, October 9 Look for Venus far lower right of the Moon during and after twilight. Just 3/4° above Venus is 2nd-magnitude Delta Scorpii.

Source: Sky & Telescope

BTW: Reddish Antares twinkles through the atmosphere at the horizon and Venus picks up a yellowish hue from the setting Sun. Venus is sooooooo bright it is often mistaken for a UFO. When summer's Antares sets in the southwest, autumn's Pleiades star cluster, aka The Seven Sisters rises in the northeast. Each sets and rises 4 minutes earlier each day.

Note: The waxing Crescent Moon brings up obstacles from the past that can impede the new incoming energies and one's growth in consciousness. The work to overcome these obstacles begins with this lunar phase.

Venus Blazes in the Burning Ground of the Scorpion

Venus is luminous in a light sky and dazzling at nightfall. Look Up! Thursday, October 7, this goddess of love enters the realm of Scorpius the cosmic Scorpion. Each night Venus gets closer and closer to Antares, the Scorpion's fiery red heart star. By mid-October blazing Venus and fiery Antares meet. Map: Southwest/30mins. after Sunset

Hmmm ... It is in the burning ground of the Scorpion where Venus the goddess of love meets Antares the rebel who keeps our visions current. "Intelligence and the mental faculties must ~die~ in order to birth the pure, intuitive cognizance of the Initiate." - Venus in Scorpio This loving sacrifice must be made to yield to the greater power of the Spiritual Presence. When the mind is still and its thoughts are quieted (die), the third eye opens and the Divine Presence can reveal Itself. May we rise from the initiatory fires of Venus and the Scorpion, triumphant like the Phoenix!

You may want to learn more about the qualities of Venus and Antares.

Where Can You View the Belt of Venus?

The Belt of Venus is an atmospheric phenomenon that can be seen opposite a sunset or sunrise. Look Up! It is a pink band or arch of light that appears in the east just after sunset or in the west just before sunrise. It is the light of the Sun being reflected off the atmosphere. Below the pink light the darker shadow of the Earth can be seen. In the Victorian-era this phenomenon was called Venus's Girdle.

To see photos with descriptions of this light, just after a sunset, click The Belt of Venus, a Sky & Telescope article.

How to Find the False Dawn of Omar Khayyam

Almost 1,000 years ago Omar Khayyam made a poetic reference to a "False Dawn." Today scientists know this light to be a solar system phenomenon, sunlight reflecting off of outer space dust grains, which are thought to originate from the process that created the planets of our solar system.

Look Up! To find this pyramid-shaped, cone-like false dawn Northern Hemisphere observers need a dark eastern sky away from city lights and moonlight. It also helps to have an unobstructed view of the horizon. If you can see the Milky Way in your sky, you'll be able to see Omar Kyayyam's "False Dawn" also known as the zodiacal light. It extends from the horizon to almost halfway up to the zenith. October 3-16 look about an hour or two before dawn begins. Learn how Jupiter and Mars can help you find the false dawn by clicking this 5-minute Star Gazers' video. The video also shows an oval-shaped counterglow known as gegenschein that shines overhead at midnight. Check out this fun False Dawn Cartoon.

Note: The zodiacal light can also be seen in the west, although it is not usually referred to as a false dusk. This light is really an equinox phenomenon that occurs in the autumn or spring when the ecliptic rises straight up from the horizon. In September and October Northern Hemisphere observers can see a false dawn in the east while Southern Hemisphere observers can see a false dusk in the west when there is a dark moonless sky. In March and April it reverses, a false dawn is seen in the Southern Hemisphere and a false dusk is seen in the Northern Hemisphere.

Rise and Set Times
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies
Use this link to find exact times for the
planets, Sun and Moon in your area.

Any Night After Midnight to Dawn - Jupiter, Mars, Orion and Sirius
Jupiter rises late evening by mid-October and is easily seen after midnight.
Ruddy Mars rises several hours after Jupiter.
Red Betelgeuse, the shoulder star of Orion, lies to the right of brilliant Jupiter in the south.
Orion's belt stars point down to Sirius, our brightest star and spiritual Sun.
The Gemini Twins lie to the left of Jupiter. Use the Twins to find Mars below Jupiter.
The bluish star below Mars is Regulus the heart of Leo the Lion. They meet mid-October.
Mid-Oct. Jupiter Orion Map - midnight, looking east.
Mid-Oct. Mars Map - one hour before sunrise, looking east.
The Red Planet is near bluish Regulus the heart star of Leo the Lion.
Helpful Orion's Belt Sky Map

Oct. 10, Thursday - Dusk
A large waxing Crescent Moon is now southeast of Venus.
Map/Text - EarthSky sheds light on the moon's dark side.

Oct. 11, Friday
The First Quarter Moon is exact at 4:02pm PDT (23:02 UT).
Look for Moon during the daylight hours. It rises in the east at about noon.
After nightfall, use binoculars to examine the Moon's terminator.
(the line separating the light side from the dark side)
Lunar craters, mountains and valleys are accentuated along this line of contrasting light.
During this lunar phase ...
a continued awareness of that which was conceived at the New Moon is gained.
Ideally any obstacles impeding this awareness are overcome now.
This must happen if the energy released with the coming Full Moon is to be utilized.

Oct. 12, Saturday
It's Astronomy Day, the planet Jupiter is at west quadrature

Oct. 13 14, 15, Sunday-Tuesday

The Red Planet is near bluish Regulus the heart star of Leo the Lion.
Mid-Oct. Mars Map - one hour before sunrise, looking east.
What's the bright star in the west flashing colors? It's Arcturus. Map
Look northeast to find another bright flashing star, Capella. Map/Text
Flashing occurs as the bright starlight travels through Earth's atmoshpere.

The waxing Gibbous Moon moves easterly through the celestial sea,
a dark sky with no bright stars and lots of "watery" constellations:
Capricornus, the Sea-Goat; Aquarius, the Water Bearer; Pisces, the Fishes;
Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish; Cetus, the Whale; and Eridanus, the River.
This lunar phase offers illumination and growth,
only if the obstacles from the past are cleared away.

Oct. 16, Wednesday Evening
Blazing Venus meets fiery Antares.
Review "Venus Blazes in the Burning Ground of the Scorpion" found above.
Map: Southwest/30mins. after Sunset

The Planets
See Night Sky Info for information on each planet.


This lunar cycle is exciting our intuition and premonition. Nick Fiorenza reminds us that this fore-vision guides us to act in the present so we can be prepared for future events that are already precipitating into our reality.

There is a wonderful feeling of detachment, of not being pulled up or down, back or forward. In the stillness of the moment, we come to a profound place of balance and clarity. - SouledOut.org/ 2013 Libra Global Meditation

Where do I need to persist or finally let go? - Jacqueline Lasahn / New Moon

Join the folks at SouledOut.org and participate in the Libra Festival Global Meditation.


Look Up! ... Look Within,
Susan Sun at The Night Sky