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Astronomy Info & Events: November

Moon Phases

November 4 First Quarter Moon

November 12 Full Moon (The Beaver Moon)

November 19 Last Quarter Moon

November 26 New Moon

Special Events

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 10, the ISS will be visible in our early morning sky before sunrise. From November 22 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.

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing

We continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon this month with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing on November 19. The Moon will be well placed for early evening viewing from November 1 to November 12. Join us at the RASC Observatory at TWOSE to view the Moon during weekends in early November. Please check the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s website for all details on events for this special celebration and for operating times of the RASC Observatory.

November 3 Return to Mountain Standard Time (minus 1 hour of time at 2:00 a.m.)

November 5 Lunar straight wall visible tonight.

November 9 Carl Sagan Day!

November 11 Remembrance Day

November 11 Transit of Mercury

Sunrise from Edmonton: 7:52 a.m. (Mercury transit already in progress)

Mercury transit ends at: 11:04 a.m.

Special viewing event at the RASC Observatory at TWOSE weather permitting!

Next transit of Mercury visible from Edmonton to occur on May 7, 2049!!

It will be a long wait until the next one is seen from Edmonton!!

** A properly filtered telescope will be required to view the transit safely.

November 12 North Taurid meteors peak

November 14 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 12 launch to the Moon

November 17 Leonid meteor shower peaks (over the evening hours)

November 18 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) Meeting Tonight.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Zeidler Dome at the TELUS World of Science-Edmonton. Free event, all invited!

November 19 Apollo 12 lands on the Moon with pin point accuracy. Pete Conrad and Alan Bean become the 3rd and 4th Moon walkers.

November 24 Apollo 12 astronauts return to Earth from the Moon.

November 28 Nice conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Moon in the southwestern sky at sunset tonight!

The Visible Planets

Mercury is not visible early in the month but can be seen transiting the Sun on the morning of November 11. This rare, transit of Mercury event, will be viewable from the RASC Observatory at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton using special filtered solar telescopes (weather permitting) and will be free of charge. Observing will begin once the Sun clears the trees as seen from the Observatory or from about 8:30 am to 11:04 am. By November 17, Mercury emerges out of the glare of the rising Sun along the southeastern horizon and gains elevation from day to day. On the mornings of November 24 and 25 look for Mercury near the waning crescent Moon. This is the best morning viewing of Mercury for northern latitudes this year.

Venus is visible low in the southwestern sky after sunset from our northerly latitude this month. From more southerly latitudes, Venus will appear much higher in the sky after sunset due to the higher angle of the ecliptic from those lower latitudes. Look for a nice conjunction of Venus with the other bright planet Jupiter after sunset on November 24. On November 27 and 28 look for the waxing crescent Moon joining Venus and Jupiter in the southwestern sky at sunset.

Mars is visible low in the east-southeastern sky, before sunrise this month. It is located in the constellation of Virgo, the maiden, and can be seen just above the star Spica early in the month. Before sunrise on November 24 Mars can be seen near the waning crescent Moon and above the much fainter planet Mercury. The fainter planet Mercury joins Mars in the east-southeastern sky from about November 18 until the first week of December.

Jupiter is the brilliant object now located low in the southwestern sky at sunset. It moves from the constellation of Serpens Cauda (part of Ophiuchus), the tail of the serpent, into the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer, by November 15. On November 24 look for Jupiter very close to the brighter planet Venus. The waxing crescent Moon joins Jupiter and Venus on the evenings of November 27 and 28! On November 28 look for a nice conjunction of Jupiter with Venus, Saturn and the Moon after sunset above the southwestern horizon.

Saturn is found low along the south-southwestern horizon at 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”. The waxing crescent Moon can be seen near Saturn on the evenings of November 1 and 2 and then again with a very close conjunction on November 29. Saturn continues to be one of the highlights of evening observing at the RASC Observatory this month.