At the beginning of last month, we decided to add a brand new category to our website – Astronomical Events. The sole purpose behind this new kind of articles is to give you a quick summary of the most interesting things to look for in the night sky.
If you landed here, you should at least be somewhat interested in space. If this is the case, then you probably know how hard to understand astronomical calendars are. This is where we come in.
Of course, I cannot lie that we are slightly late with this month’s edition of the rubric as it is already November 16. However, we plan to be far more consistent in the upcoming months and perhaps, we can even do it on a weekly basis.
Now, onto the pressing matters – what astronomical events can we still see in the remaining days of November?
Astronomical Events in November
If I was to compare November with the previous month, there really wasn’t too much to see in the first two weeks. However, the best is yet to come, and we, the stargazers and lovers of space can witness some fabulous sights all the way tonight.
November 16th – 17th – The Peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower for this year
The night of November 16-17 is the maximum of the Leonid meteor shower for this year. Although is not expected to show high activity as in some of the previous years, experts expect about 10-15 visible meteors per hour. This simple, yet fascinating astronomical event will continue for hours, so depending on where you are located on the planet, it could have already started.
November 19th – The Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter will all be visible in the sky
Although this astronomical event in November has now become something like a monthly tradition for the past year, it should not stop you from going out in the evening if you haven’t done it before. However, keep in mind that Jupiter and Saturn should set between 8 and 9 pm local time. To catch them, you will have to go out early.
November 25th – Mars will meet the Moon in the sky
This astronomical event in November will be a repeat of two identical ones from October. Nevertheless, I am sure not all of you went out and saw Mars and the Moon together, am I right? Here is your third chance.
Go out after sunset on November 25th and you will have a few hours to look at the Moon and Mars together. It should all end around 3 am at night.
November 30th – Penumbral Eclipse
Prepare for a minor lunar eclipse in the early hours of November 30th. This will be the last “major” astronomical event for the month although it will not be as grand of a Penumbral eclipse as we may want it to be. Still, it is a beautiful sight to see and you can do it between 2:30 and 6:50 am EST.
Final words about the Astronomical Events in November
This pretty much sums up the important dates for the remaining two weeks of November. Remember, always try to get away from the city in a more isolated natural environment where the sky is clearer and your surroundings are free of light.
We will be back with a more extensive list of astronomical events for December in about the same amount of time. With this said, enjoy the sights!
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