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The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, some explode as supernova, asteroids whiz by the earth, new comets appear in the sky, Aurora sets the northern skies ablaze and meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere.
The Full Moon for November
The Full Beaver Moon for November. This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. Courtesy Farmers Almanac.
November Visible Lunar Highlights
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The Planets Visibility for November
Lost in Sun's glare
Mercury will reappear in the mid December evening sky.
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November 1st Venus rises at around 2:43 a.m. in the morning sky. Venus is at -4.3 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.23". Venus is located in the constellation Leo the Lion. Midmonth Venus rises at 3:02 a.m. in the morning sky. Venus is at -4.3 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.20". Venus is located in the constellation Virgo. The first week of November finds Mars and Venus close together.
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Midmonth Mars will be in the morning sky at 1.6 magnitude with a diameter 00°00'.04"in the constellation Virgo rising at 2:33 a.m.. The first week of November finds Mars and Venus close together.
To find Mars look for a reddish object low in the west northwest sky. To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.
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Midmonth Jupiter will be in the morning sky at -1.9 magnitude with a diameter 00°00'.34" in the constellation Leo the Lion rising at 1:31 a.m..
After first week of November Lost in Sun's glare
Saturn November 1st is at +0.5 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.15" setting around 6:28 p.m. It will be low in the southwest sky after sunset. Saturn is in the constellation Scorpius. After the first week of November Saturn is lost in Sun's glare.
Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 25.4° tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations
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Uranus midmonth at 5.7 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.04" sets around 3:59 a.m.. Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces. Best observed around 9:30 p.m. when highest in the sky. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
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Neptune midmonth is at 7.9 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.02" visible after sunset in the southeast and sets at 12:37 a.m.. Highest in the sky around 7 p.m.. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a blue green disk. Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius. Best observed around 2:00 a.m. when highest in the sky. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
4Vesta at 7.2 magnitude is in the constellation Cetus the Whale setting at 2:11 a.m.. 4Vesta is best observed around 8:30 p.m. when highest in the sky.
Pluto at midmonth is located amid the stars of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. Pluto is at magnitude +14.2 and diameter 00°00'.00". Pluto sets at 8:13 p.m.. Pluto is highest in sky around midnight. A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.
Comets Brighter than 8 Magnitude
For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.
The Leonid meteor shower peaks on November 17 - 18. The Moon sets around 10 - 11 pm, which leaves the optimum shower viewing times (after midnight) unhindered. Expect rates of 15 meteors or so per hour. Radiant is Leo the Lion constellation and the constellation Leo the Lion is rising on November 17-18 after midnight and the meteors are best observed in the morning hours before sunrise. Meteor Velocity: 44 miles per second. This shower is Active: November 5-30, 2015. See radiant below.
From October 29th to November 10th the two branches of the Taurid meteor shower become most active. The Taurids do not produce many meteors but they are known more for the fireballs. These meteors come from the debris of particles from by comet 2P/Encke. Shown below is the radiant the meteors seem to radiate from for the northern Taurids marked in yellow circle. Chart for 11 p.m. See both northern and southern Taurids radiant: AMS Taurids
Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.
Also see: Spaceflight NASA
Real time solar wind dials are linked live to the ACE Spacecraft.
If the dial on the left (Magnetic Field) has dipped below zero, the speed is high and the dial dynamic pressure is in the yellow/red, be alert for Aurora. Anytime the gauges are in the Red and the dial on the left, the Magnetic Field BZ has dipped to the yellow-red... Aurora will be occurring in our area. See link to solar wind gauge here: REAL TIME SOLAR WIND
See explanation of solar wind dials below by clicking on photo of dials