What you can see this month – November night sky guide 2013
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” November brings both the Leonid meteor shower and a hybrid solar eclipse which for skywatchers in eastern and southern Ontario, Canada will just be ending as the Sun and Moon come up over the east horizon. Spot the planets Venus, Jupiter and Mars. Mercury and Saturn peek above the horizon before sunrise. The constellations of Pisces, Aries and Triangulum are visible early evenings. Look for the galaxy M33 in Triangulum if you’re away from city lights and have a pair of binoculars or small telescope. More stargazing events detailed below the video!
More November stargazing events:
November 3, Hybrid Solar Eclipse.
- November 12, Southern Taurids meteor shower. Annual meteor shower associated with the comet Encke. Radiant point is in the constellation Taurus. Expect about 5-10 meteors per hour.
- November 15, the Moon reaches its furthest point from the Sun.
- November 16 and 17, Leonids meteor shower. Associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Name is derived from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo. November 6-30. The Moon’s glare will block many of the meteors this year.
- November 17, full moon. The Hunter’s Moon. When the Moon is full it is directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and fully illuminated as seen from the Earth.
November 28, Comet ISON closest approach to the Sun – This month Comet ISON makes its closest approach to the Sun. This famous sungrazer is being tracked by astronomers around the world and great images are now being taken daily. Follow me @Stardaug on Twitter and on Google+ for more info and highlights. If ISON survives its brush with the Sun it might make a spectacular visual show as seen from Earth during the month of December.
Video: MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere and backyard astronomers can watch Comet ISON race towards the sun at 5 degrees a day.