Stargazer calendar November 2014

Star calendar 1–30 November

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1 Nov    In the southeast at sunset, Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths below the moon. Mercury reaches its greatest elongation of the year, 18.7 degrees west of the sun.

3 Nov    Mars is less than ½ finger-width above Kaus Borealis, the uppermost star in the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. [Binoculars]

7 Nov    The moon forms a triangle with Aldebaran, less than 1 fist-width to the lower left, and the Pleiades Cluster, the same distance to the upper left.

8 Nov    Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

9 Nov    The moon rises 2½ hours after sunset, followed by the Gemini Twins to the lower left and Orion to the lower right.

11 Nov    High in the east at midnight, the Gemini Twins are 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left, and Procyon is the same distance to its lower right.

13 Nov    Separated by less than 3 finger-widths, the moon and Jupiter rise just before midnight.

14 Nov    Regulus, Jupiter and the last-quarter moon form a tight triangle high in the south at dawn, with Jupiter 2 finger-widths above or to the upper left of the moon and Regulus 1 fist-width to the moon’s left or upper left.

15 Nov    High in the south at sunrise, Regulus is less than 3 finger-widths above the moon. Jupiter is to the upper right.

16 Nov    Look high in the west 3–4 hours after sunset. The Summer Triangle dominates the western sky. Its brightest star, Vega, forms the triangle’s lower right corner. The next brightest, Altair, anchors the lower left corner, a little more than 3 fist-widths to Vega’s left or lower left. Deneb sits at the triangle’s top, a little more than 2 fist-widths above or to the upper left of Vega.

17 Nov    Tonight look east for two first-magnitude stars: Capella, the brightest, and Aldebaran 3 fist-widths to its lower right. With no moon, we have a good view of the Pleiades Cluster. Look 1 fist-width above Aldebaran to see how many stars you can spot without and then with binoculars. [Binoculars]

21 Nov    Orion and Gemini appear above the eastern horizon 4 hours after sunset.

25 Nov    Mars is 4 finger-widths to the left of the moon low in the southwest early tonight.

29 Nov    Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths below the moon high in the south at dusk.

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