November 2021 Astronomical Highlights
The Visible Planets
Mercury is visible low in the east-southeast sky before sunrise at the start of the month but disappears into the glare of the rising Sun by November 11. On November 3, during the early afternoon (between 12:53 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. MDT), the Moon will occult (or move and cover) the planet Mercury. Viewing this occultation will require a telescope and clear skies. Mercury will be at superior conjunction on November 28.
Venus is still lingering low in the south-southwest sky after sunset this month. Early in the month Venus will be quite low in the sky at sunset, but by the end of the month Venus will be a little higher in the western sky after sunset making it easier to see. After sunset on November 7, the slim waxing crescent Moon can be found near the planet Venus.
Mars is not visible this month but becomes visible in early December in our eastern predawn sky.
Jupiter is seen as the bright object low in the southern sky after sunset and is located within the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat. Look for Jupiter just above the first quarter Moon on the evening of November 11. This month Jupiter continues its eastward motion amongst the stars of Capricornus.
Saturn is found low in the southern sky after sunset, setting in the southwest a few hours later. Saturn is in the constellation of Capricornus, with the brighter planet Jupiter just to the east of it. On the evening of November 10, look for Saturn just above and to the right of the waxing gibbous Moon.
November 4 New Moon
November 11 First Quarter Moon
November 19 Full Moon (The Beaver Moon)
November 27 Last Quarter 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 7, the ISS will be visible in our early morning sky before sunrise. From November 19 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 3 Moon occults Mercury (daytime event: 12:53 pm – 1:30 p.m. MST)
A telescope and safe viewing methods required to view event.
November 4 Uranus at opposition
November 5 South Taurid meteor shower peaks
November 7 Return to Mountain Standard Time (minus 1 hour of time at 2:00 a.m.)
November 9 Carl Sagan Day!
November 8 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) Meeting Tonight.
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting. See https://edmontonrasc.com/ for details
Free event, all invited! No in-person meeting.
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 12 North Taurid meteor shower peaks
November 16/17 Leonid meteor shower peaks (over evening hours)
Only a zenith hourly rate of 20 meteors per hour.
November 18/19 Deep Partial Lunar Eclipse!
Penumbral eclipse begins at 11:02 p.m. MST November 18
Umbral eclipse begins at 12:18 a.m. MST November 19
Mid-eclipse at 2:04 a.m. MST
Umbral eclipse ends at 3:47 a.m. MST
Penumbral lunar eclipse ends at 5:03 am MST
(Image of lunar eclipse by Frank Florian)
This will be a very deep partial eclipse with the Moon skirting the southern shadow of the Earth.
November 24 Launch of DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) by NASA to impact asteroids Didymos and Dimorphos