The Night Sky in November

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Overview November signals the official start of Winter. With the change to GMT there is a noticeable change in the length of day and night

The Moon      

First Quarter 1st November 2022 at 0637,  Full Moon 8th November 2022 at 1102         Last Quarter 16th November 2022 at 1327,  New Moon 23rd November 2022 at 2237

The Planets      Sunrise on 15th November is at 0737 and sets at 1601 GMT

     Mercury      Venus         Moon          Mars           Jupiter         Saturn         Uranus

Rise     ‘0806       ‘0811           2016            1713           1431            1328            1538

Set       1604        1616            1355           1049            ‘0217           2218            ‘0705

In summary – Mercury and Venus are too close to the Sun to view this month. Mars is visible from 1900 until 0600. Jupiter is an evening object visible from 1800 until 0030. Saturn is also an evening object visible from 1800 until 2030. Uranus is close to opposition and so is visible from around 6pm until 0530.

Meteor Showers          November hosts two meteor showers:

1) Taurids – around the 1st to 6th of November – this is a short shower but the particles are quite ‘large’. The Taurids tend to be few in number but they make up for this by being bright slow moving and often quite colourful, with occasional fireballs. In 2022 a waxing Moon will set at around midnight heralding a moonless sky to view this shower close to its peak. Editors note – the brightest Taurid I have seen was in 1999 when a magnitude -10 [as bright as the Full Moon!] fizzed across the sky as viewed from Sinai Desert, Egypt

2) Leonids – on the 16th, 17th and 18th November – another annual shower that usually puts on a good show of 50 to 100 meteors every hour. These particles are fast moving and ‘small’ and so the meteors are quite faint. A last quarter Moon will interfere with viewing this shower in 2022, since Leo rises at around 11pm..

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Other phenomena to look out for

 The Noctilucent Clouds season is now over but it has been a very good year for spotting the Tricky Lady [Northern Lights].

 Also, the solar activity is still on the upswing towards solar maximum in 2024 or 2025, so if have a Solar Filter check out the daily changes to Sunspots.

Night Sky View

Jupiter and Saturn are nicely placed with Mars just starting to rise in the NE. M31 is in a nice location for viewing and the many deep sky objects in Cygnus, Perseus and Auriga are also nicely placed for viewing/imaging. Messier 45 in Taurus is also well placed, with M42 in Orion viewable after midnight.

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