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THIS MONTH’S SKY - November 2012


November’s Evening Planets:
     Mars can still be seen, barely, in the west. Look 45 minutes after sunset. Jupiter returns to the evening sky. On Nov 1 it rises 2 hours after sunset; by month’s end it’s up by twilight. Jupiter is moving to the west with respect to the stars, best seen by watching it approach the nearby bright star Aldebaran.

November’s Evening Stars:
     The constellations of Perseus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Cepheus are taking over the morning sky. Below them are the faint stars making up the “water” constellations. The Summer Triangle is still visible in the west. Making an entrance in the east are the first group of winter stars – Taurus the Bull (containing Jupiter) and Auriga the Charioteer.

November’s Morning Planets:
     Brilliant Venus appears up three hours before the Sun. As November begins, Venus is 20 degrees upper right of the bright star Spica in Virgo. By the 17th Venus is less than 4 degrees to Spica’s upper left. An hour before sunrise, Saturn rises. On the mornings of November 26 and 27 Saturn passes within 4 degrees of Venus. Finally, in the last half of the month Mercury can be spotted rising about one and a half hours before the Sun.

November’s Morning Stars: 
     Brilliant Orion is now low in the west, surrounded by Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, Canis Minor and Canis Major. Following in the south are spring’s constellations, Leo and lengthy Hydra, and in the east are Virgo and Bootes the Herdsman.

November’s “Skylights”:
Nov 1 – Jupiter is 2 1/2 degrees above the Moon (visible almost all night).
Nov 4 – Daylight saving time ends at 2 AM.
Nov 6 – Last Quarter Moon at 7:36 PM.
Nov 11 – The Moon is 5 3/4 degrees right of Venus (morning sky).
Nov 12 – Saturn is 6 degrees to the left of the Moon (morning sky).
Nov 13 – New Moon at 5:08 PM.
Nov 15 – Venus passes 4 1/2 degrees north of Spica.
Nov 15 – The Moon passes 7 1/2 degrees right of Mars (evening sky).
Nov 17 – The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight. Nov 20 – First Quarter Moon at 9:31 AM.
Nov 28 – Full Moon at 9:46 AM.
Nov 28 – The Moon passes 1 1/4 degree lower right of Jupiter.
Nov 30 – Mercury is 9 degrees below Venus.