Here is a quick look at what’s happening astronomically in November 2013. Mark your calendars.
The name for November derives from the Latin word “novem” meaning nine. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. It kept the name after January and February were added to Roman calendar.
New Moon: November 3
Closest to Earth: November 6 (227,025 miles super-size Moon)
First Quarter Moon: November 9
Full Moon: November 17
Farthest from Earth: November 25 (251,931 miles)
Last Quarter Moon: November 25
Early Evening: Venus, look southwest
Morning before sunrise: Jupiter look west, Mars look east
30 minutes before sunrise: Mercury and Saturn will be visible low on the eastern horizon starting November 20.
November 22: The Sun enters the astrological sign Sagittarius
November 23: The Sun enters the astronomical constellation Scorpius
November 30: The Sun enters the astronomical constellation Ophiuchus, thirteenth constellation of the zodiac
November 3: United States returns to standard time from “Daylight Saving Time”.
November 3: Partial solar eclipse visible from the US east coast at sunrise.
November 11: Martinmas (St. Martin’s Day) celebrated in Scotland as a cross-quarter day.
November 1-30: The Taurids are active all month and unlike most meteor showers can be observed all night. Expect about six meteors per hour. Some of these can be very bright.
November 17: The Leonids are not favorable this year because of the full moon. Best observed at 3am looking east. Expect up to 20 meteors per hour
November 9: Chamberlin Observatory open house weather permitting. The observatory’s 20” telescope and telescopes belonging to members of the Denver Astronomical Society will be available for viewing. Click here for more information.
November 20-27 Comet ISON could be visible to the eye and most likely visible in binoculars. The comet will become brighter (visible) and bigger each day. Look east starting at 6:00am. The further away from city lights the better. Stay tuned to local media for observation reports. As of the date of this publication we are not sure what to expect.
November 24-27: Saturn and Mercury appear very close to each other and will change positions relative to each other during this time. They will be closest on November 26, about one full moon width apart. As an added treat Comet ISON will in the area. Look east just above the horizon starting at 6:00am. Make sure your horizon is unobstructed.
November 28 (Thanksgiving): Comet ISON is at perihelion (closest to the Sun). The comet will pass within 800,000 miles of the Sun, and too close to the Sun to be observed.
November 29: Thirty or more minutes before sunrise (sunrise occurs at 6:58am) a thin crescent moon will be next to the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo. Look east above the horizon. Part of ISON’s tail may be visible if it long and bright enough.
November 13, 1982 – Human error causes the Viking 1 Mars lander to stop communications, effectively ending the successful Viking program.
November 20, 1998 – First module of the International Space Station is launched.
Wishing you clear skies