Astronomy Info & Events: November

Moon Phases

November 7New Moon

November 15: First Quarter Moon

November 22: Full Moon (Full Beaver Moon) 

November 29: Last Quarter Moon

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

ISS passes are visible during the early morning hours early in the month, shifting to the late evening hours during the latter part of the month. Check out the website http://www.heavens-above.com or by using satellite tracking smart phone apps like Sputnik to find out the exact times when the ISS will be visible from your location. The ISS will be seen as a bright moving point of light, moving in an arc from the west to the east during its visible passes.

November 4/5: South Taurid meteor shower peaks.

November 11/12: North Taurid meteor shower peaks.

November 12: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the new Zeidler Dome at the TELUS World of Science.  Free to attend. See http://www.edmontonrasc.com for more details.

November 17/18: Leonid meteor shower peaks over the night of November 17 through until sunrise on November 18. Moon light will interfere with this meteor shower this year.

November 26: Jupiter in conjunction with the Sun.

Visible Planets

Mercury is not visible this month from our latitude but is favourably positioned in the early evening sky for southern latitudes.

Venus is visible as the brightest object (other than the Moon) low in the southeastern sky prior to sunrise, gaining elevation from morning to morning during the month.

Mars is seen low in the southern sky at sunset, starting out the month in the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat, and moving into the constellation of Aquarius, the water bearer, by November 10.

Jupiter is not visible this month and will be at conjunction with the Sun on November26.

Saturn is found low in the southwestern sky at sunset and becomes exceedingly difficult to see in the glow of the setting Sun by the end of the month. After sunset on November 10 and 11, Saturn can be found near the waxing crescent Moon in the southwestern sky.