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The November Night Sky

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.

 Astronomy Picture of the Day

See below Hubble site Tonight's Sky, highlights of this months night sky movie with narration below. Click on photo below.

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.

Lunar Phase

Last Quarter Moon November 3 7:24 am EST
New Moon November 11 12:47 pm EST
First Quarter Moon November 19 1:27 am EST
Full Moon November 25 5:44 pm EST

November  Visible Lunar Highlights

 November 6- Jupiter 2 N. of Moon, November 7-Mars 1.8 N. of Moon, November 7- Venus 1.2 N. of Moon, November 12-Saturn 3 S. of Moon, November 19-Neptune 3 S. of Moon, November 22 Uranus 02.5 N of Moon, November 26- On November 26, the Full Moon occults the first-magnitude star Aldebaran. For York/Adams area the Moon occults at 5:50 a.m. and reappears at 6:33 a.m.

All times are EST

The Planets Visibility for November


Lost in Sun's glare

Mercury will reappear in the mid December evening sky.


Morning Sky E

 November 1st Venus rises at around 2:43 a.m. in the morning sky. Venus  is at -4.3 magnitude and diameter 0000'.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 0000'.20". Venus is located in the constellation Virgo. The first week of November finds Mars and Venus  close together.


Morning Sky E

 Midmonth Mars will be in the morning sky at 1.6 magnitude with a diameter 0000'.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.


 Morning sky E

Midmonth Jupiter will be in the morning sky at -1.9 magnitude with a diameter 0000'.34" in the constellation Leo the Lion rising at 1:31 a.m..

  A small telescope will easily reveal four of Jupiter's largest and brightest moons. Check out Sky & Telescope's Jupiter Moons Utility for other configurations. Sky and Telescope Red Spot Calculator 


  After first week of November Lost in Sun's glare

Saturn November 1st is at +0.5 magnitude and diameter 0000'.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


Evening - Morning Sky E-SW

Uranus midmonth at 5.7 magnitude and diameter 0000'.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


Evening - Morning Sky E-SW

Neptune midmonth  is at 7.9 magnitude and diameter 0000'.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

Bright Asteroids


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.

Dwarf Planets


 Pluto at midmonth is located amid the stars of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. Pluto is at magnitude +14.2 and diameter 0000'.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

See: Listen to Meteors , American Meteor Society, Meteors Online also NASA All Sky Network

Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.

Satellites Visible from York

Satellites visible from Hanover

Satellites visible from Gettysburg

Satellites visible from Lancaster

Satellites visible from Baltimore

Satellites visible from Harrisburg

Also see: Spaceflight NASA

 The Sun

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


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