NOVAC Observing Report  Sep 10, 2017 to Oct 8, 2017


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Sep 10  rises at 6:45 AM, sets at 7:24 PM
  Oct  8  will rise at 7:11 AM, will set at 6:40 PM


The Moon
  Sep 13  Last Quarter
  Sep 20  New Moon
  Sep 27  First Quarter
  Oct  5  Full Moon


Events
  Sep 12  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (about 17 degrees
            above the horizon at sun rise from Sept 11 to Sept 15)
  Sep 22  Autumnal equinox
  Oct  8  Mercury is in superior conjunction (behind the Sun)


The Planets
                       Sep 10                          Oct  8
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   5:19 AM  11:59 AM   6:38 PM     7:09 AM  12:57 PM   6:44 PM
  Venus     4:17 AM  11:14 AM   6:09 PM     5:18 AM  11:34 AM   5:51 PM
  Mars      5:32 AM  12:12 PM   6:51 PM     5:10 AM  11:28 AM   5:45 PM
  Jupiter   9:43 AM   3:18 PM   8:53 PM     8:22 AM   1:50 PM   7:18 PM
  Saturn    2:24 PM   7:10 PM  12:01 AM    12:40 PM   5:26 PM  10:12 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Sep 10              notes for Oct  8
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   0.0   7.5"                                
  Venus    -3.9  11.9"                                
  Mars      1.8   3.6"                                
  Jupiter  -1.7  31.6"  WSW, 16*                      7*
  Saturn    0.5  16.6"  S, 29*                        27*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Oct 8, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Oct  8  rises at 7:11 AM, sets at 6:40 PM
  Nov 12  will rise at 6:48 AM, will set at 4:57 PM


The Moon
  Oct 12  Last Quarter
  Oct 19  New Moon
  Oct 27  First Quarter
  Nov  4  Full Moon
  Nov 10  Last Quarter


Events
  Oct  8  Mercury is in superior conjunction (behind the Sun)
  Oct 19  Uranus is at opposition (Earth between Uranus and the Sun)
  Oct 21  The Orionid meteor shower peaks (active Oct 2 to Nov 7)
  Oct 26  Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun (behind the Sun)
  Nov  5  EST starts


The Planets
                       Oct  8                          Nov 12
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   7:09 AM  12:57 PM   6:44 PM     8:33 AM   1:11 PM   5:50 PM
  Venus     5:18 AM  11:34 AM   5:51 PM     5:36 AM  10:59 AM   4:21 PM
  Mars      5:10 AM  11:28 AM   5:45 PM     3:42 AM   9:31 AM   3:20 PM
  Jupiter   8:22 AM   1:50 PM   7:18 PM     5:42 AM  11:01 AM   4:21 PM
  Saturn   12:40 PM   5:26 PM  10:12 PM     9:37 AM   2:22 PM   7:07 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Oct  8              notes for Nov 12
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -1.5   4.8"                                8*
  Venus    -3.9  10.9"                                
  Mars      1.8   3.7"                                
  Jupiter  -1.7  30.7"  WSW, 7*                       
  Saturn    0.6  15.9"  SSW, 27*                      19*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Nov 12, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Dec  2   7:05 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S  -2  J 143  23)
  Dec  9   5:45 AM   Europa Eclipse Start         (S -17  J 132  14)


The Sun
  Nov 12  rises at 6:48 AM, sets at 4:57 PM
  Dec 10  will rise at 7:16 AM, will set at 4:46 PM


The Moon
  Nov 18  New Moon
  Nov 26  First Quarter
  Dec  3  Full Moon
  Dec 10  Last Quarter


Events
  Nov 17  The Leonid meteor shower peaks (active Nov 6 to Nov 30) (from IMO)
  Nov 23  Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Nov 12                          Dec 10
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   8:33 AM   1:11 PM   5:50 PM     7:42 AM  12:25 PM   5:10 PM
  Venus     5:36 AM  10:59 AM   4:21 PM     6:42 AM  11:31 AM   4:19 PM
  Mars      3:42 AM   9:31 AM   3:20 PM     3:19 AM   8:46 AM   2:13 PM
  Jupiter   5:42 AM  11:01 AM   4:21 PM     4:21 AM   9:34 AM   2:47 PM
  Saturn    9:37 AM   2:22 PM   7:07 PM     8:00 AM  12:45 PM   5:29 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Nov 12              notes for Dec 10
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -0.3   5.5"  SW, 8*                        4*
  Venus    -3.9  10.2"                                
  Mars      1.8   4.0"                                
  Jupiter  -1.7  30.8"                                
  Saturn    0.6  15.2"  SW, 19*                       7*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Dec 10, 2017 to Jan 14, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Dec 10  rises at 7:16 AM, sets at 4:46 PM
  Jan 14  will rise at 7:26 AM, will set at 5:10 PM


The Moon
  Dec 10  Last Quarter
  Dec 18  New Moon
  Dec 26  First Quarter
  Jan  1  Full Moon
  Jan  8  Last Quarter


Events
  Dec 12  Mercury is in inferior conjunction (from Espenak)
  Dec 14  The Geminid meteor shower peaks (active Dec 4 to Dec 17) (from IMO)
  Dec 21  Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun (from Espenak)
  Dec 21  Winter solstice (from Espenak)
  Jan  1  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (from Espenak)
  Jan  9  Venus is in superior conjunction (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Dec 10                          Jan 14
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   7:42 AM  12:25 PM   5:10 PM     6:10 AM  10:53 AM   3:35 PM
  Venus     6:42 AM  11:31 AM   4:19 PM     7:36 AM  12:24 PM   5:12 PM
  Mars      3:19 AM   8:46 AM   2:13 PM     2:51 AM   7:54 AM  12:57 PM
  Jupiter   4:21 AM   9:34 AM   2:47 PM     2:33 AM   7:40 AM  12:48 PM
  Saturn    8:00 AM  12:45 PM   5:29 PM     6:00 AM  10:45 AM   3:29 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Dec 10              notes for Jan 14
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   3.8   9.8"  WSW, 4*                       
  Venus    -3.9   9.9"                                
  Mars      1.6   4.4"                                
  Jupiter  -1.8  31.8"                                
  Saturn    0.5  15.0"  SW, 7*                        
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)