Astro Bob: See what’s happening in November skies – Duluth News Tribune

Saturn stands practically due south at dusk this month with radiant Jupiter beaming within the jap sky. The most important planet is in nice firm, sharing the sky with the twinkling Pleiades star cluster situated two fists to its left. Venus dominates the morning sky shining from its perch in Virgo. Mars is together with the solar and never seen whereas Mercury is poorly positioned for viewing.

November sky map

This map exhibits the November sky together with guides exhibiting the right way to discover explicit star teams. The middle of the map represents the highest of the sky, whereas the outer ring is the horizon in all instructions. To make use of the map, rotate it so the route you wish to face is on the backside then pivot to face that route. Holding turning the map as you pivot round in a circle to face every route separately.

Contributed / Astronomical League

Jupiter will glow particularly vibrant early this month when it makes its closest method to Earth for the 12 months at 370 million miles or 33 light-minutes. A number of minor meteor showers enliven each the night and morning sky as does the Worldwide Area Station. Though November brings frosty nights the wildfire smoke that smudged summer season and early fall skies has departed, leaving crystal-clear views of the Milky Method and stars. The month’s highlights embody an exquisite shut conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon at daybreak on Nov. 9.

Nov. 3 – Jupiter at opposition on Nov. 3 and closest to the Earth in 2023. Rises round sundown within the northeastern sky and stays seen all night time.

ISS moon

An astronaut on the Worldwide Area Station took this photograph of moonrise from orbit 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth.

Contributed / NASA

Nov. 1-8 (a.m.) The Worldwide Area Station will cross the morning sky at daybreak transferring from west to east. It glows practically as vibrant as Venus. Join alerts when it passes over your location at

Nov. 3-15 – Comet Lemmon (C/2023 H2) probably seen in binoculars from rural skies low within the western sky on the finish of nightfall. Test my Fb web page at

for a map I’ll share early within the month.

Nov. 5 – Final quarter moon. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. native time.

Nov. 6 (a.m.) – Waning moon passes 5 levels above Regulus, Leo’s brightest star.

Venus moon Nov 9 2023.jpg

This month’s finest conjunction happens on the morning of Nov. 9 when the skinny crescent moon passes Venus. Look between 3:30 a.m. and daybreak.

Contributed / Stellarium

Nov. 9 (a.m.) – Very good conjunction of Venus and the waning crescent between about 3 a.m and daybreak. The 2 will likely be solely about one moon-diameter aside. Look low within the jap sky.

Nov. 5-12 – Look ahead to the S. Taurid and N. Taurid meteor showers to peak throughout this time. Whereas weak, every produces fireballs. Meteors will stream from a spot within the sky a few fist to the left (east) of Jupiter.

Nov. 13 New moon

Nov. 15-30 Worldwide Area Station crosses the night sky transferring from west to east. On some nights it makes two passes, one throughout early twilight and the second about 90 minutes later.


Though a weak bathe in off years, the Leonids, which stream from Leo the Lion, will provide a dozen or so meteors an hour to observers keen to courageous the early morning chill. Snuggle beneath a heat blanket on a reclining chair and face within the route of the least quantity of light-pollution out of your location for one of the best view.

Contributed / Stellarium with additions by Bob King

Nov. 18 (a.m.) – Leonid meteor bathe peak. Finest viewing time is from 2 a.m. until daybreak native time with 10-15 meteors seen per hour from a darkish sky.

Nov. 20 – First quarter moon. Moon shines 5.5 levels to the left (east) of Saturn.

Nov. 24 – Waxing gibbous moon 4 ½ levels to the best (west) of Jupiter.

Nov. 26 Full Beaver Moon. The moon will shine simply 1 diploma under (east) of the Pleiades star cluster tonight. Use binoculars to see should you can nonetheless spot the cluster within the lunar glare. In your native moonrise time go to

Nov. 30 – Waning gibbous moon 2 levels under (south) of Gemini’s brightest star Pollux tonight.

Bob King

“Astro” Bob King is a contract author and retired photographer for the Duluth Information Tribune. You possibly can attain him at


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