Tuesday, November 8, 2011
ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2011
Nov 1-15: Venus and Mercury remains in pair in W-SW at the time of dusk. The separation is within 2 degrees.
Nov 2: First Quarter Moon
Nov 4: See the pair of Venus and Mercury, very low in the W-SW. A binocular will show Mercury only 28’ from Delta Scorpii. The angular distance between Mercury and Venus is about 2 degrees this time.
Nov 9: See the grouping of Venus, Mercury and Antares within 4 degrees of the sky very low in the W-SW.
Nov 9: Moon and Jupiter just 4.5 degrees apart.
Nov 10: Venus, Mercury and Antares in a straight line, but very low in the W-SW.
Nov 11: Mars is just 1 degree 19’ from Regulus.
Nov 11: Full Moon
Nov 14: Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation
Nov 17-18: The Leonid Meteor Shower will peak. The Moon is bright and waning from full on all three dates, with last quarter on November 18.
Nov 18: Last Quarter Moon
Nov 19: The Moon, Mars and Regulus forms a triangle within 8 degrees of the sky.
Nov 21: Neptune Eastern Quadrature
Nov 23: See the lovely group of Saturn, Spica and a Crescent Moon in the eastern sky shortly before morning twilight.
Nov 25: A Partial Solar Eclipse will occur and will be visible across Antarctica and New Zealand near Sunset. Parts of the western Antarctic Peninsula will experience nearly 90% obscuration of the sun.
Nov 26: A binocular will show a nice view of Mercury just within 2 degrees of a Waxing Crescent Moon (1.46 days old) very low in the W-SW shortly after sunset.
Nov 27: Venus and a Waxing Crescent Moon (2.5 days old) within 5 degrees apart in the Southwest shortly after sunset.
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Moon near Mercury (25° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mars 0.4° NNW of Jupiter, (18° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mags. +1.2 and –2.1.
New Moon at 6:50 UT. Start of lunation 1093.
Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 14h UT.
Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 13h UT (broad peak). Active from April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast, bright meteors, up to 10–20 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere. Favorable conditions this year.
Astronomy Day 2011 is today! Astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories, and science museums will offer a variety of public activities.
Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 23h UT.
First Quarter Moon at 20:32 UT.
Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 14h UT.
Venus 0.6° SSE of Jupiter (26° from Sun,morning sky) at 16h UT.
Mercury, Venus and Jupiter within 2.1° circle(26° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mags. +0.3, –3.9 and –2.1.
Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 5h UT.
Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (362,135 km; 33.0').
Full Moon at 11:07 UT.
Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 8h UT.
Mercury, Venus and Mars within 2.1° circle (23° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. –0.2, –3.9 and +1.3.
Last Quarter Moon at 18:51 UT.
Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 405,003 km; angular size 29.5').
Moon near Jupiter (39° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT.
Moon near Mars (24° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +1.3.
Moon near Venus (21° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. –3.9. Mercury and Mars nearby. Mags –0.9 and +1.3.
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