Jupiter on display, Leonid meteor shower peak

Fall is in full swing with optimum star-gazing situations throughout a lot of the U.S., and November presents a bevy of choices this month to take pleasure in wanting up on the evening sky. 

This is a rundown of sky-gazing occasions to bookmark for November 2023. 

Early November: Jupiter opposition

To begin November, Jupiter aligns with the Solar and Earth, reaching what’s often called opposition. This makes Jupiter seem at its greatest and brightest.

“Opposition happens when the Solar, Earth and planet lie alongside a straight line with the Earth within the center,” Lowell Observatory astronomer Dr. Larry Wasserman mentioned in a weblog submit. “Thus placing the Solar and planet on reverse sides of the Earth, therefore the time period ‘opposition.’ Which means the planet is as near the Earth as attainable and can seem as large and as shiny as it will possibly ever get. This can be a nice time to have a look and uncover Jupiter in opposition for your self.”

Opposition occurs on Nov. 3 simply after midnight EST, on Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. MST and 9 p.m. PST. 

In keeping with NASA, Jupiter opposition occurs each 13 months. Final 12 months, it occurred on the finish of September, throughout the closest strategy to Earth since 1963.

Jupiter will likely be shiny and best to identify till mid-December. With a little bit of assist from a telescope, you possibly can spot Jupiter’s most well-known climate function: The Nice Crimson Spot. 

Nov. 18: Leonid meteor bathe peak

Clear Fall sky gazing situations proceed for the Leonid meteor bathe peak in midNovember.

Yearly, between November and December, Earth passes by particles from comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, ensuing within the Leonid meteor bathe. Peak exercise occurs on Nov. 18 when as much as 15 meteors per hour could possibly be seen, transferring as much as 44 miles per second. 

Sky gazers hoping to identify a taking pictures star can step outdoors after midnight and settle in with a heat blanket in a darkish location away from metropolis lights. Add your location to the FOX Climate app to get a forecast on your viewing location, together with cloud cowl. 

In the event you aren’t certain the place to look at the meteor bathe, the Worldwide Darkish Sky Affiliation has an interactive map itemizing dark-sky areas worldwide. 

Leonids radiate from the constellation Leo, however do not simply look to the radiant to identify a meteor. In keeping with NASA, it is best to look away from the radiant as a result of meteors will seem longer and brighter. 

Nov 27: Beaver Moon

November’s full Moon occurs the morning of Nov. 27 and is named the Beaver Moon. 

Peak illumination occurs about 2 hours earlier than dawn on Nov. 27, however the Moon will seem shiny and full the evening earlier than on Nov. 26. 


The complete Beaver Moon will get its identify as a result of November is the time of 12 months when beavers start to shelter of their lodges for winter, in accordance with the Previous Farmer’s Almanac. The complete moon has quite a lot of totally different Native American names, together with the Freezing and Frost Moon, becoming with the winter solstice approaching subsequent month and meteorological winter on Dec. 1.

In December, the ultimate full Moon of the 12 months rises on Dec. 26. 


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