Archive for November, 2008

November 2009

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Lunar Events

The Full Moon for November happens on November 12th and is known as the Full Beaver or Frost Moon.

November 13, 2008 - Moon and M45
November 13, 2008 - The nights of November 13th and 14th will
find the moon less than 5° of the asterism known as Pleiades (M45).

The New Moon for November occurs on Thursday, November 27th, 2008.  This will make the weekend of November 29-30 as the best weekend for dark sky viewing

Mercury

Mercury is only observable this month during the first week of November, in the morning. Around November 7th, Mercury will disappear into the glare of Sunrise.

November 1, 2008 - Mercury and Saturn November 1st, 2008 - Mercury approaches the glare of the Sun and disappears from view by November 7th.

Mercury begins the month in the constellation Virgo, the Maiden, until November 8th when it passes into the constellation Libra, the Balance. On November 22nd, Mercury moves into the constellation Scorpio, the Scorpion, until November 28th when Mercury moves into the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, where it will finish out the month.

Venus

Venus is the Evening Star for the entire month of November.  Venus begins the month in the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, until November 11th when is moves into the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, where it will finish out the month.

November 30, 2008 - Venus and Jupiter
November 30, 2008 - Venus and Jupiter are less than 2°50′ from
each other.

The final days of November finds Venus moving into conjunction with the Planet Jupiter. By November 30th, Venus and Jupiter will be a mere 2°50’ from each other. By December 1st, Venus, Jupiter and a 4-day-old waxing crescent moon will be within 2°30’ of each other.

Mars

 

 

Mars is visible in the evening until November 9th when it will disappear into the glare of the Sunset.
November 1, 2008 - The Position of Mars as it approaches Sunset
November 1, 2008 - Mars approaches the Sun

Mars begins the month in the constellation Libra, the Balance, until November 16th when it crosses into the constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion.  Finally on November 26, Mars moves into the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, where it will complete the month.

Jupiter

Jupiter is observable all month in the evening.  At the beginning of the month, Jupiter sets around 10:15pm and by the end of November Jupiter will set around 8:45pm.  Jupiter is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until January 2009.

December 1, 2008 - Jupiter, Venus and the Moon
The final days of November finds Venus moving into conjunction with the Planet Jupiter. By November 30th, Venus and Jupiter will be a mere 2°50’ from each other. By December 1st, Venus, Jupiter and a 4-day-old waxing crescent moon will be within 2°30’ of each other.
December 1, 2008 - Jupiter, Venus and the Moon are within 2°30′ of each other.

Saturn

Saturn can be observed during the morning hours of November.  At the beginning of November, Saturn rises around 3:15am and by the end of the month, Saturn will rise around 1:30 am.  Saturn is located in the constellation Leo, the Lion, until September 2009.

November 21, 2008 - Saturn and Moon
On November 21st, Saturn rises within 5°20’ of the Waxing,
Crescent Moon.

Uranus

Uranus is observable until the very early morning hours this month.  Uranus sets around 3:15am at the beginning of November. By the end of the month, Uranus is setting around 1:20am.  Uranus is located in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, until March 2009.

November 15, 2008 - Uranus and Neptune
November 15, 2008 - Relative positions of Uranus, Neptune and

Jupiter at mid-month, Sunset.

Neptune

Neptune is visible until the very early morning hours this month.  Neptune sets around 1:00am at the beginning of the month. By the end of November, Neptune is setting around 11:00pm.  Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat, until the year 2010.

Pluto

Pluto can be observed until the end of November, when it disappears into the glare of the evening Sun.  At the beginning of the month Pluto sets around 9:15pm and by the end of the month it is setting around 7:20pm.  Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until the year 2023.

November 15, 2008 - PlutoNovember 15, 2008 - Relative positions of Pluto, Neptune, Jupiter,
Mars and Venus at mid-month, Sunset.


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