In the Sky this Month for SWFL.
If you are new to the night sky, and have an Android device, such as a tablet or phone, you can find a free app in the Google Play Store, called Sky Map. Sky Map will help you locate objects in the night sky.
In the Sky this Month
Moon:– 1st Quarter – November 4; Full – November 12; Apogee – November 7; Last
Quarter – November 19 (EDT); Perigee – November 23; New November 26
Mercury transits the Sun on November 11. The transit begins at 7:35 a.m. and ends at 1:04 p.m., EST. The entire transit will be visible in eastern North America. See the article on the “Transit of Mercury” in recommended reading. About a week after the transit, it starts to get brighter by about ½ magnitude and rises 7 minutes earlier each day, until the last week.
Around the 28th, it rises 1 ½ hours before the Sun and is at magnitude -0.5.
Venus (dusk-evening, Southwest) starts the month a bit more than 23° from Jupiter to 1.5° by November 23rd . At this point, Venus is at a very bright magnitude of -3.9.
Mars (dawn – pre-dawn, looking East) rises around dawn on the 1st and 2 ½ hours before sunrise by the 30th. It is about magnitude -1.8. Its disk is less than 4”.
Jupiter (dusk – evening, Southwest) is just 1.5° above Venus on the 22nd – 24th , after starting more than 23° apart on the 1st.
Jupiter’s disk is about 32”, about three times that of Venus, but Venus is much brighter: -3.9 vs. -1.9 magnitude. Looking low above the horizon means observing through some atmospheric turbulence, proving to be a bit challenging to view a sharp image of both planets through a telescope simultaneously.
Saturn (dusk – evening, South-Southwest) is in a line with Jupiter and Venus for the month, the line going from the upper left to the lower right, starting with Saturn, then Jupiter, then Venus.
Around the last wee of the month, Venus and Jupiter swap places, so the line of planets from upper left to lower right end as Saturn, Venus, then Jupiter.
Saturn sets 4½ hours after the Sun on the 1st, and 22/3 hours after on the 30th .
Its magnitude is +0.6 and is less than 16” wide, with the rings spanning nearly 36” at maximum tilt.
Uranus, (Southwest, ~midnight) highest in the early-mid-evening, rising 3 hours after Neptune, and visible most of the night. See https://is.gd/urnep for a finder chart.
Neptune, (West, ~midnight) highest in th
International Space Station:
The Hubble Space Telescope will be visible early morning (5-6:30 a.m.) from November 1-11, early evening (around 6-9 p.m.) from November 14-26, including late night views (~10 p.m.) November 24-28, then 7-7:30 p.m. on the 28th – 30th. See this link for specific times and routes for the HST: http://www.heavens above.com