Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sky Events November 2014

Moon Phases

Thursday, November 6, 5:23 p.m. EST

Full Moon

The Full Moon of November is known as the “Beaver Moon” or the “Frosty Moon.” It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the Moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

Friday, November 14, 10:15 a.m. EST

Last Quarter Moon

The Last Quarter Moon rises around 11:00 p.m. and sets around 1:00 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.

Saturday, November 22, 7:32 a.m. EST

New Moon

The Moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the Sun, but can be seen low in the East as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the West an evening or two after New Moon.

Saturday, November 29, 5:06 a.m. EST

First Quarter Moon

The First Quarter Moon rises around noon and sets around 11:45 p.m. It dominates the evening sky.

Observing Highlights

Saturday, November 1, dawn

Mercury at greatest elongation west

Mercury will be best placed in the morning sky for the entire year. Look for it low in the eastern sky about half an hour before sunrise.

Tuesday, November 4, 1 p.m. EST

Uranus and the Moon

The nearly full Moon will pass just north of the planet Uranus at 1 p.m. By the time it gets dark in eastern North America, the Moon will have moved eastward, but will still be close enough to Uranus to make the planet easy toolkit.This chart shows the positions of the Moon and Uranus at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Saturday, November 8, 8 p.m. local time

Aldebaran and the Moon

When the Moon rises tonight in the northeastern sky around 8 p.m. local time, it will be close to the bright red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters.

Monday, November 17, 6 p.m. EST

Leonid meteor shower peaks

The peak of this meteor shower occurs at 6 p.m. E.S.T. when the radiant is below the horizon in North America. The radiant rises in the northeast at midnight local time, but meteors may still be seen. The best meteors are visible about 90 degrees away from the radiant.

Saturday, November 22, 7:32 a.m. EST

Grand conjunction

On the morning of November 22, six solar system objects will be packed into an area of the sky less that 20 degrees wide. Centered on the Sun and the New Moon, the planet Venus and dwarf planet Ceres will be to the east of the Sun, and the planets Saturn and Mercury will be to the west of the Sun. Unfortunately, the bright Sun will make it impossible to see any of these objects except the Sun itself.


Mercury will be well placed in the morning sky for observers in the Northern Hemisphere for the first half of the month.

Venus is too close to the Sun to be observed all month.

Mars is now in Sagittarius, closing in on the Sun.

Jupiter now rises in the late evening in the constellation Leo.

Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun this month, so cannot be seen.

Uranus is well placed in Pisces in the evening sky. A close approach by the Moon on the 4th will make it easy to spot.

Neptune is well placed in the early evening sky in Aquarius, and sets near midnight.

Geoff Gaherty
Starry Night Software Support
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