Early November Skies

Lots of interesting things are happening out there in the sky above us, and the lengthening nights give sky watchers like me plenty of things to take notice of.  Here’s what’s going on:

Cassiopeia – Cassiopeia is located opposite the Big Dipper in the evening sky throughout the year, but it is brightest in November.

TotalSolarEclipse – A solar eclipse is visible in eastern North America, northeastern South America, southern Europe, and all of Africa on November 3.

MarsMoon – These two celestial bodies appear together on the morning of October 30.

Taurids – The Taurid meteor shower will peak on November 6 as Earth passes through a stream of meteoroids left by Comet 2P/Encke.

MercuryJoinsJupiterMarsMornings – Mercury can be seen in the morning sky beginning around November 8.

VenusMoon – These two celestial bodies appear together on the morning of November 7.

So, fill up your thermos with something hot, grab some blankets, and spend your evening outside looking up. You’ll have better luck seeing the stellar attractions if you get away from light pollution caused by streetlights in the city.

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