November 2006

Lunar Events

The Full Moon for November occurs on November 5th. Since the previous Full Moon was the Harvest Moon, the November Full Moon is called the Hunters Moon.

The New Moon for November occurs on November 20th. This makes the weekend of November 18th-19th as the best weekend for deep sky viewing.

November 6, 2006 - Moon & Pleiades

On the morning of November 6th as the sun rises in the east the moon is setting within 2°30′ of the open star cluster Pleiades (M45).

Mercury

Mercury is located in the constellation Libra (The Balance) for the entire month of November, but due to its proximity to the Sun it won’t be visible until mid month when it re-appears in the morning sky. Mercury is moving in retrograde motion until November 17th.

On Novemeber 11th, Mercury and Mars will be in conjunction coming within 1° or each other.  However this will probably be difficult to view since on that date they will be on 6°30′ from the Sun (rising about 20 minutes before sunrise).

November 25, 2006 - Mercury at GWE The best morning views of Mercury on November 25th, when it will reach its greatest western elongation being 19°54′ from the Sun.

Venus

Venus starts out November in the constellation Libra (The Balance) until November 18th when it moves into the constellation Scorpius (The Scorpion).  Venus however will be difficult to view in the evening sky until the end of the month due to its proximity to the glare of the Sun.

November 15, 2006 Venus & JupiterAnother difficult to see planetary conjunction this month occurs on November 15th when Venus and Jupiter will be a mere 0°30′ from each other.  On this date however, they will be only 5° away from the Sun and will set 20 minutes behind after sunset.

Mars

Mars begins the month in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until November 3rd when it crosses into the constellation Libra (The Balance).  Due to its proximity to the Sun, it will not appear in the morning sky until the last week of November.

November 11, 2006 Mars & MercuryOn November 11, 2006, Mars and Mercury will be in conjunction coming within 1° or each other.  However this will probably be difficult to view since on that date they will be on 6°30′ from the Sun (rising about 20 minutes before sunrise).

Jupiter

Jupiter can be found in the constellation Libra (The Balance) until December 2006.

November 30th, 2006, Jupiter is difficult to see as it will be moving into the glare of the Sun in the evening in the first week of this month and not re-appearing in the morning until the very end of November. November 30 2006 - Jupiter, Mars & Mercury

Saturn

Saturn is located in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until the year 2009.  Saturn is visible in the morning hours before sunrise all month.

November 13, 2006 Moon & Jupiter

Around 1:30 am on the morning of November 13th, Saturn rises within 4° on the waning crescent moon.  About an hour and a half later at 3 am the moon will pass between the star Regulus (about 2° away) and the star Eta Leonis (about 3° away).

To the left is a quicktime movie showing the path of Saturn in the constellation Leo (The Lion), between November 1st to December 31st, 2006. Each frame of the movie represents a sidereal day.

On December 5th, Saturn stars a retrograde motion.

Note the moons of Saturn orbiting Saturn during the animation. These celestial objects or observable with a telescope.

Uranus

Uranus is in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until the year 2009. In November, Uranus is observable in the evening to middle night hours all month and will be located between 0°50′ and 1° away from the star Lambda Aquarii.

November 1, 2006 - Uranus Moon

Around 3:00 am on November 1st, Uranus will set in conjunction the waxing gibbous moon being within 1° of each other.

Neptune

Neptune can be located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010.  In November, Neptune is viewable in the evening to middle night hours all month. Neptune is located around 1°15′ from the star Iota Capricorni.

November 15, 2006 - Uranus & Neptune

November 15th, 2006, The positions of Uranus (near Iota Capricorni & Neptune (near Lambda Aquarii) during the month of November.

Pluto

Pluto is found in the constellation Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer) and is visible in the evening hours all month. Pluto will be within 1° of the star Xi Serpentis at the beginning of the month and by the end of the month Pluto will be about 1°30′ from Xi Serpentis.

November 6, 2006 - Pluto

November 6th, 2006 Pluto is about 1° from the star Xi Serpentis.

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