November Astronomy Almanac

November Astronomy Almanac

October 31, 2015| Categories: Observing, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, Space Science, StarGazing, Uncategorized

Early risers enjoy the planets and the Moon

Astronomy Highlights

November sees a return to Standard Time, (on the 1st), and starts with a the continuing display of the morning planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Through the month they will spread apart, but remain in view. Saturn starts the month barely above the southwest horizon, soon lost in the Sun’s glare. The Milky Way is high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while the dazzling Capella rises higher in the northeast. Lower in the east, the red star Aldebaran marks the eye of Taurus, the Bull. Just above Taurus is the fainter cluster of stars known as the Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, Orion rising below them late.

3 – Venus and Mars are in conjunction—their closest approach to each other, in the east-southeast about one-third of the way above the horizon from 5:00 to 5:45 AM EST.

7 – The Taurid Meteors are at their peak, but can be viewed from mid-October to mid-November.

17 – The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks, with a few bright meteors, seen best after midnight, and after the waxing Crescent Moon sets.

29 – The planet Venus shines to the upper left of the star Spica tomorrow morning.


November Sun and Moon

Sunrise November 1     6:26 AM EDT

Sunset November 1       4:37 PM EDT         Length of Day   10h 11m

Standard Time resumes on the 1st

Sunrise November 30   7:04 AM EST

Sunset November 30   4:10 PM EST          Length of Day   9h 6m

Moon Last Quarter

Last Quarter Moon in the 3rd


Moon New2New Moon on the 11th



Moon First QuarterFirst Quarter Moon on the 19th



Moon FullFull “Beaver” Moon on the 25th


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