What’s Up in the November Sky

Evening sky, looking south around 19:00 EST on Saturday, 07 November 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

November’s Evening Planets

Red Mars will be up all night this month in Pisces the Fish.  Saturn and Jupiter will be in Sagittarius the Archer until 8PM and setting earlier every night until 6 PM by the end of the month. Uranus will be in Cetus the Sea monster and Neptune in Aquarius the Water Bearer all night. Dwarf Pluto will be Sagittarius the Archer until around 7 PM.

Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn low in the southwest sky around 19:00 EST on Saturday, 07 November 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

November’s Evening Stars

Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle until 11 PM at the beginning of the month, and setting earlier every night. The Winter Triangle of Sirius (the brightest star viewed from Earth) in Canis Major the Great Dog, Betelgeuse in Orion the Hunter, and Procyon in Canis Minor the Small Dog will be visible as of at 11 PM. See bright Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull, and Fomalhaut. Also the stars of constellations Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Perseus, Cepheus, Draco, Pegasus, Aries, Taurus, Pisces, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

November’s Morning Planets

Bright Venus will be in Virgo the Maiden as of 4 AM throughout the month. Find Mercury B in Virgo the Maiden as of 5 AM in the first half of November. Uranus will be in Cetus the Sea monster until 6 AM, setting earlier each night until 4 AM by the end of the month.

Mercury at greatest western elongation, at dawn low in the east southeast sky around 06:00 EST on Saturday, 10 November 2020. Sky Safari star chart annotated (Annotable, Pixelmator & Graphic) by Peter Tagatac

November’s Morning Stars

The Winter Triangle of Sirius, Betelgeuse, and Procyon will be up until Sunrise. Spot Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull, Rigel in Orion, and the stars of Aries, Gemini, Orion, Pisces, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Draco, Cepheus, Perseus, Hydra, Leo, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

November Skylights

  • Nov   8  Last quarter moon at 8:45 AM
  • Nov 14  Moon at perigee (222,400 miles away)
  • Nov 15  New Moon at 12:07 AM
  • Nov 17  Leonid Meteor Shower peaks – predawn
  • Nov 21  First Quarter Moon at 11:45 PM
  • Nov 25  Mars, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter align – sunset
  • Nov 26  Moon at apogee (252,200  miles away)
  • Nov 27  Venus, Mercury and Spica align – pre-dawn
  • Nov 30  Full Moon at 4:30 AM
  • Nov 30  Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, NY Maximum Eclipse 4:42AM

Times given in EDT.

Resources

Download Ken Graun’s November 2020 sky chart for reference and observing ideas.
Another equally helpful resource is Skymaps monthly evening sky charts available for different hemispheres. Download The Evening Sky Map for November.

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