November 2022 Astronomical Highlights
The Visible Planets
Mercury is not visible this month and reaches superior conjunction on November 8.
Venus is not visible this month as it is too close to the Sun.
Mars is truly brightening this month as it gets closer to its point of opposition in early December. Mars rises shortly after sunset in the northeastern sky and is visible throughout the entire night as it moves in a high arc across the southern sky during the night. Mars continues its retrograde motion (westward motion) amongst the stars of Taurus, the bull, and is seen between the two stars that mark the tips of the bull’s horns, Elnath and Tianguan. The waning gibbous Moon can be seen just above Mars on the night of November 10/11. By the end of the month Mars will be at its brightest (magnitude -1.8) and be closest to the Earth in its orbit (4.5 light minutes or about 75,000,000 km away). This month provides an excellent opportunity to view details on Mars through telescopes, something that we can only get every two years. So, get your telescopes outside and look up at Mars this month to take in the Martian features. Mars will be highlight of telescopic observing from the RASC/TWOSE Observatory. So, come on out and join us on clear Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this November!
Jupiter is seen as the bright object seen just after sunset in the east-southeastern sky. It reaches its highest point in the sky around 10:00 pm local time, about 35 degrees above the southern horizon from Edmonton. Through the month Jupiter can seen amongst the stars of the zodiac constellation of Pisces, the fish, just below the “circlet of Pisces” which is a faint circular pattern of stars. On the night of November 4/5, Jupiter can be seen just above the waxing gibbous Moon.
Saturn is seen low in the southern sky at sunset. It is located within the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat, and will be the brightest object visible in the southern sky at sunset. On the night of November 1, look for Saturn just above the first quarter Moon. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars will provide exceptional opportunities this month to view them through a telescope.
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 5 South Taurid meteor shower peaks
November 6 Return to Mountain Standard Time (minus 1 hour of time at 2:00 a.m.)
November 8 Total Lunar Eclipse!
This is the second total lunar eclipse visible from Alberta this year!
Here are the times associated with the lunar eclipse for Alberta:
Penumbral eclipse begins 1:02 a.m. MST
Partial eclipse begins 2:09 p.m. MST
Total lunar eclipse begins 3:16 a.m. MST
Mid-eclipse 3:59 a.m. MST
Total lunar eclipse ends 4:41 a.m. MST
Partial umbral eclipse ends 5:49 a.m. MST
Penumbral eclipse ends 6:56 a.m. MST
The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and RASC Observatory will be open for public viewing of the Total Lunar Eclipse from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. weather permitting.
Image of Total Lunar Eclipse by Frank Florian.
November 9 Carl Sagan Day!
Uranus at opposition
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 12 North Taurid meteor shower peaks
November 14 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) Meeting Tonight.
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. mix and mingle and 7:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. meeting
The RASC Meeting will be both an in-person meeting in the Zeidler Dome at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton and on-line by Zoom. You can find the Zoom link at https://edmontonrasc.com/.
November 17/18 Leonid meteor shower peaks (over evening hours)
Only a zenith hourly rate of 20 meteors per hour.
November 30 Mars at is closest approach to Earth (4.5 light minutes away)