The Visible Planets
Mercury is visible low in the southeast sky at the start of the month. It gains elevation in the early part of the month reaching its highest altitude of about 8° in the southeastern sky on November 10. After this date, Mercury begins to sink lower towards the horizon, disappearing into the glare of the rising Sun by November 25. On the mornings of November 11, 12 and 13, look for a nice conjunction of Venus, the waning crescent Moon and Mercury in the southeastern sky.
Venus is still found shining brightly in the southeastern sky before sunrise all month long. Look for the fainter Mercury to the lower left of Venus during the early part of the month. The waning crescent Moon can be seen just above Venus on the morning of November 12 and then below Venus on the morning of November 13. On the mornings of November 11, 12 and 13 watch a nice conjunction of Venus with Mercury and the waning crescent Moon.
Mars is found shining brightly in the constellation of Pisces, the fish, which is in the southeastern sky at sunset. As Mars is now past its point of opposition and is receding from the Earth, we can see Mars dim by half its brightness from a magnitude of -2.1 at the start of the month to a magnitude of -1.1 by the end of the month. While Mars is dimming quickly, November will still provide some good telescopic viewing opportunities for Mars. On the night of November 25, you can find Mars just above the waxing gibbous Moon.
Jupiter is seen low in the south-southwestern sky after sunset and sets about 3 hours later. Jupiter is in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer, just to the east and above the asterism of the “teapot” of Sagittarius. Look for the fainter planet Saturn to Jupiter’s immediate left making for a nice gathering of these two gas giants of our solar system in our evening sky.
Saturn is found low in the south-southwestern sky after sunset, setting in the southwest a few hours later. Saturn is located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer, and is seen just above the handle of the asterism of the “teapot”. Look for it near the brighter planet Jupiter which is just to the west of Saturn. Saturn continues to be one of the highlights of early evening observing at the RASC Observatory this month.
November 8 Last Quarter Moon
November 14 New Moon
November 21 First Quarter Moon
November 30 Full Moon (The Beaver Moon)
International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes
During the month of November there will be some favourable passes of the ISS as seen from Edmonton. From November 1 to November 9, the ISS will be visible in our early morning sky before sunrise. From November 21 onwards, visible ISS passes switch into our early evening period. Check the website http://www.heavens-above.com for exact viewing times for your location.
November 1 Return to Mountain Standard Time (minus 1 hour of time at 2:00 a.m.)
November 9 Carl Sagan Day!
November 9 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) Meeting Tonight.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Virtual meeting on Zoom. See website http://www.edmontonrasc.com for details.
November 10 Mercury at its greatest western elongation of 19°
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 12 North Taurid meteors peak
Venus seen below the slim crescent Moon (predawn eastern sky)
November 15 Mars is at its stationary point
November 17 Leonid meteor shower peaks (over the evening hours)
November 19 Conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn (western sky after sunset)
November 25 The planet Mars can be seen above the waxing gibbous Moon tonight
November 30 Penumbral lunar eclipse
Penumbral eclipse begins at 00:32 am MST
Mid-eclipse at 2:42 am MST
Penumbral lunar eclipse ends at 4:53 am MST
No discernable darkening of the Moon will be seen until mid-eclipse
A penumbral lunar eclipse is not spectacular by any means.