November Astronomy

A crowd in Capricorn, looking southwest near 5:45 PM on November 10th and 11th.

A crowd in Capricorn, looking southwest near 5:45 PM on November 10th and 11th.

November 2, 2021| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

November’s annual return to Standard Time, on the 7th, gives us a grand view of Milky Way, arching from the southwest, up and then overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west.  As the dazzling Capella rises higher in the northeast, the red star Aldebaran shines in the east, marking 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.  Venus continues to dazzle bright and low in the southwest twilight, while Jupiter and Saturn swing low across the southern skies each evening.  Mercury, joined by the waning Crescent Moon on the 2nd, is soon lost in the Sun’s glare.

Check out the Eye on the Night Sky to follow the cosmos throughout the month!

The November Sun and Moon

  • 4: New Moon
  • 11: First Quarter Moon
  • 19: Full “Beaver” Moon
  • 27: Last Quarter Moon

Standard Time resumes on the 7th

Sunrise November 1 7:26 AM EDT

Sunset November 1 5:37 PM EDT

Length of Day 10h 11m

Sunrise November 30 7:04 AM EST

Sunset  November 30 4:10 PM EST

Length of Day 9h 6m

 


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