When skiing cleans out this week, take time to look up in the night sky and on Sunday night you…
When skiing cleans out this week, take time to look up in the night sky and on Sunday night you can use the moon to help you easily find Saturn, a beautiful sight if you have a proper telescope. The two will be in the southwest after sunset. The moon will lie just above and left of the ringed planet.
The northern Taurid meteor shower is expected to be top on Sunday evenings. The shower is caused by remaining debris from Comet Encke. Although it is not a particularly active shower (you are lucky enough to get more than 5-8 meteors per hour) you create fireballs. These slow, very light meteors are memorable if you are lucky enough to see one. The shower is most active at midnight when the constellation of Taurus is highest in the sky. Constellation will be almost at all in the eastern sky at that time on Sunday night. As always, find a dark place, far from the city for the best chance to enjoy the show.
Venus has once again recalled the moniker “Morning Star” and it will be easy to discover this week. The planet has this nickname because it is the third brightest object on the night sky behind the sun and the moon. As a result, it falls out of sight because of the glare of the sun later than any of the stars in the night sky. Look at the eastern sky about an hour before the sunrise and it looks nice. Arcturus, the brightest star of Bootes, will not be far away.
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On Thursday morning, the goal will reach the first quarter at 9:54. The half moon comes out that night.
When you discover the crescent moon, look for the red planet. It will pass extremely close to planet Mars on Thursday evening. The two will lie in the southern sky, and Mars will come almost directly to the moon that shines with a reddish shade.
One of the year’s major meteor cities is peak in the week and early next week. The Leonid Meteor Wells peak around 17 and 18 November each year. It is caused by remaining debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The moon shines this week, which will prevent a little of the shower but it is located just after a Saturday morning which means you will have a couple of hours of viewing during a moonless sky. Look in the east for the constellation Leo for the brilliant shower. If you can get far enough from the city, you can see between 10-20 meteors per hour. Happy hunting!