November Astronomy

November gives us with chilly nights but still a great time for stargazing. I love checking out the constellations right above, Google sky maps is a good app for that. That's one of my favorite things to do, I found Hercules one night, it was so fun. It shows you stars and planets too!

Look out for the full moon this month, the Beaver Moon, falls on the 19th! It technically reaches its peak at 3:57 in the morning, so you'll want to check it out on the night of the 18th. It got its name because this time of year beavers can be seen collecting wood to build up their dams before the icy season. Also, Native American tribes and European settlers used to set beaver traps to ensure they would have a supply of warm fur during the winter, according to the Farmer's almanac. The Beaver Moon, is also known as the Frost Moon because it's that time of year when the frost becomes more frequent. I know I hate looking out and seeing it on the lawn and my windshield.

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On the night of the full moon, there's also a partial eclipse of the moon. If you're up early enough at 4 a.m. you can see quite a sight. Only about two and a half percent of the moon's diameter will remain uneclipsed and create a beautiful effect, what is called the "Japanese lantern effect."


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There's a meteor shower this month, the North Taurids, it reaches it peak this weekend November 12th to the 14th. Look for it towards the South between 12 and 2 in the morning. You could see between 10 and 20 meteors an hour. Not one of the biggest meteor showers, but it creates slow fireballs, so you might catch a glimpse of something.


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Some of the other planets in our solar system are visible this month too. I've spotted Saturn and Jupiter a few times already.

Mercury: October 9th to November 28th best seen in the morning, especially between October 18th and November 1st.

Venus: March 26 to December 31 Best seen May 24 to December 31; in the southwestern sky starting at dusk. Look to the left of the moon to see her shining bright.

Mars: October 8th to December 31st in the mornings.

Jupiter: August 20 to December 31 (Best seen: August 20 to December 31 evenings)

Saturn: August 2nd To December 31st in the evenings.

Neptune September 14th to December 31st in the evenings. It's brightest between July 19th to November 8th

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