by Adam Welbourn
Blimey it’s getting colder now isn’t it!? A few clearer evenings at the end of October and you don’t half notice the chill in the air. Great conditions for observing the heavens then!
November sees some great sights to behold (and image!) and with a meteor shower thrown into the mix it’s a great way to get kids interested in the night sky. How can that not be a good thing!?
Just remember to keep yourselves wrapped up warm, fill a flask with your hot beverage of choice and stay safe 🙂
Keep watching those skies…
Tuesday 3rd November – This afternoon our Moon will be seen at Last Quarter phase
Saturday 7th November – The waning crescent Moon is at Apogee today at a distance of 405,720 km (252,103 miles), the furthest point its orbit will take it away from the Earth this month
Wednesday 11th November – Today the New Moon rises and sets with the Sun, so now is a good time to observe deep sky objects like galaxies and nebulae, or get a clearer look at objects usually blurred and faint in light polluted skies
A beautiful sight through binoculars or a small telescope, the Pleiades Cluster (also know as the Seven Sisters) can be found due east at 19:30 UTC this evening
Monday 16th November – To help you identify the constellations you can see throughout the month, below we’ve provided guide images for both southern and northern skies in November
Tuesday 17th November – Inner planet Mercury is in Superior Conjunction today, and is currently unobservable
Tonight sees the peak of the Leonid Meteor shower, with the best chance of seeing them coming later in the evening when the Moon has set
Thursday 19th November – This morning the Moon will be seen at First Quarter phase
Friday 20th November – Mars is at aphelion today, the furthest point out that it’s orbit takes it from the Sun
Monday 23rd November – Today the Moon is at Perigee at a distance of 362,815 km (225,443 miles) from the Earth, the closest it will come on it’s current orbit
Wednesday 25th November – Tonight’s Full Moon is sometimes known as the White Moon, Snow Moon or Beaver Moon
Monday 30th November – Ringed planet Saturn is in Conjunction with the Sun today, and is currently unobservable
As usual, if you take any photos throughout November you’d like to show us, please tweet them to us using the link below! We’d love to see your efforts and we’ll re-tweet them to your fellow sky-watchers!
Planets visible this month:
Remember, it can take your eyes up to 20 minutes to become properly dark adapted, and anything up to an hour for a telescope to reach ambient temperature outside (to ensure the best image), so give yourself plenty of time to get set up!
To make it easier to find this list of astronomical happenings you can also locate it in the “Monthly Guide” section in the menu bar to the right. Handy! 🙂
Guide images created with Stellarium