Night Sky Highlights in November

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Here are some of the things to see in November:

  • 6:45 PM, southwestern sky – Venus appearing low above the horizon after sunset, Saturn visible in the same area of the sky early in the month
  • 7 PM, southwestern sky – Mars appearing higher above the horizon when night falls
  • 6 AM, southeastern sky – Jupiter appearing above the horizon before dawn
  • 9 PM, southern sky – Pisces constellation prominent in the sky, recognizable for the Circlet of Pisces asterism, representing the head of the western fish
  • 9 PM, southeastern sky – the dim Aries constellation visible just to the east of Pisces
  • 9 PM, southeastern sky – Triangulum constellation, easy to recognize due to its triangular shape, with Messier 33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, visible with binoculars under very dark skies
  • 2 AM, eastern sky – Leonid meteor shower, peaking on the night of November 17 to 18, obscured by bright moonlight this year
  • November 14 – the closest and biggest full Moon since 1948, appearing up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest point from Earth; the full Moon will not be as close to Earth again until November 25, 2034

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