Check out the Adler's monthly sky watching guide for November 2013.
Featured News for November
Will a bright new comet grace our skies the last two months of this year? We’ll soon find out, when Comet ISON passes very close to the Sun around November 28. Late this month the comet will move to within eight-hundred-thousand miles from the Sun’s surface—which sounds like a long distance; but in astronomical terms it’s close enough to potentially break the comet into pieces. If it disintegrates, Earth might get some meteor showers as a result of the comet’s dust. But if Comet ISON stays intact, it will swing around the Sun and back for its closest approach to Earth late next month. In this case, “closest approach” is still about forty-million miles away. If it does become visible, it is expected to appear shortly before sunrise low in the southeast.
Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am Central Standard Time on November 3. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this morning.
Throughout the month Venus blazes low in the southwest about an hour after sunset, brighter than any star in the night sky. Though not as bright as Venus, Jupiter is also brighter than any star. It rises in the east-northeast about 10 pm. It appears about ten degrees south of the “Twin Stars” Pollux and Castor, in the constellation Gemini.
Mars rises in the east about an hour or two after midnight on November 20. The morning of November 27, it appears a few degrees north of a waning crescent Moon. Mars is high in the southwest skies.Starting around November 10, look toward the southeast horizon about a half-hour before sunrise. It’s one of the rare good opportunities for viewing Mercury.
You can spot the New Moon on November 3, the First Quarter Moon on November 9, the Full Moon on the November 17, and the Last Quarter Moon on November 25