Stargazer star calendar for November 2015

Star calendar 1–30 November 2015

1 Nov      Daylight saving time ends at 0200, when we turn back the clocks, repeating the hour 0100 to 0200. Before dawn, the moon is below the Gemini Twins with Orion to the lower right.

2 Nov      Jupiter, Venus and Mars are high in the east before dawn. Venus and Mars are ½ finger-width apart.

4 Nov     Look low in the east 3 hours after sunset for bright Aldebaran just above the horizon with the Pleiades Cluster 1 fist-width above it. The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, contains hundreds of stars, but only a handful are visible without binoculars.

6 Nov      Jupiter is 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left high in the east before dawn.

7 Nov      The moon is less than 1 finger-width to Venus’ lower right, and Mars is 1 finger-width to Venus’ upper right.

12 Nov    Look north 2 or 3 hours after sunset to see the Big Dipper, Ursa Major, just above the horizon. Follow the pointer stars at the dipper’s end 3 fist-widths up to Polaris, the last star in the Little Dipper’s handle. Now look 1½ fist-widths to the lower left to see Kochab, one of the Little Dipper’s corners. The dimmer star 1½ finger-widths to the left or upper left is Pherkad, another corner star. Using binoculars, look for Ursa Minor’s other stars.

17 Nov    The Leonid Meteor shower should peak tonight and tomorrow morning.

21 Nov    Tonight try to spot second-magnitude stars near the moon: Deneb Kaitos, 2 fist-widths below; Alpheratz, 2½ fist-widths above; and Mira, 3 fist-widths to the lower left.

24 Nov   Rising a half hour before sunset, the Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left.

25 Nov    High in the south at midnight, Aldebaran is 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left.

26 Nov    People in parts of the United States will see the moon occult (cover) Aldebaran in the early morning hours.

27 Nov    The moon and Betelgeuse, 1 fist-width to the right, rise 2 hours after sunset. The Gemini Twins join them a few minutes later to the moon’s lower left.

29 Nov  The moon rises 4 hours after sunset with Procyon 1 fist-width to the right.

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