Astronomy Info & Events: November

Moon Phases

November 3: Full Moon (Full Beaver Moon) 

November 10: Last Quarter Moon

November 18New Moon

November 26: First Quarter Moon

Special Events

November 5: Occultation of Aldebaran. Look low to the east-northeast to see the full Moon rising and the bright star Aldebaran (the eye of Taurus, the bull) being occulted by the Moon from around 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST.

November 4 & 5: South Taurid meteor shower peaks.

November 12: North Taurid meteor shower peaks.

November 13: A nice close conjunction of the planet Venus with the planet Jupiter is visible very low in our east-southeast sky before sunrise.

November 13: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the IMAX theatre at the TELUS World of Science. Special Presenter:  Bruce Rout, Using Astronomy as a Foundation for Native Education. Free to attend.

November 17 & 18: Leonid meteor shower peaks (only 15 meteors per hour estimated).

Visible Planets

Mercury is not visible this month from our latitude.

Venus is unmistakable as the brightest point like object above the southeastern horizon before sunrise during most of the month.  During the first week of November, the bright planet Venus will be located near the bright star Spica in the constellation of Virgo, the maiden.  Look for the fainter reddish-coloured planet Mars higher in the eastern sky from Venus throughout the month.  During our predawn morning sky of November 16 and November 17, look for a very slim waning crescent Moon joining Venus along with the reappearing planet Jupiter low along the eastern horizon.  By the end of the month Venus disappears in the glare of the rising Sun.

Marsis located above the eastern horizon before sunrise this month and is seen as a faint reddish looking object located in the constellation of Virgo, the maiden.

Jupiter becomes visible low along the east-southeast sky before sunrise starting around November 10 as it emerges out of the glare of rising Sun.  Before sunrise on November 13 Jupiter will be in close proximity to the brighter planet Venus with both seen low in the east-southeast sky.  During the predawn hours of November 16 the slim waning crescent Moon can be seen just above Jupiter.

Saturn lingers very low along the southwestern horizon after sunset during the early part of November, residing within the lower east portion of the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer.  By the middle of the month however Saturn disappears into the glare of the setting Sun and will not be visible any longer this month.  It will reappear in our southeastern pre-dawn sky in early January 2018.