The Night Sky This Month – November

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    The Night sky This Month

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    A Taurid fireball photographed on Oct. 28, 2005, by Hiroyuki Iida of Toyama, Japan.

    The past couple of months has been somewhat uneventful  and of course cloudy for Pembrokeshire stargazers. But hopefully not this month. November holds a number of splendid sights and events including meteor showers, all five bright planets, and a rare transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun, the last such event until 2032. So pray for clear skies, grab your star maps, binoculars, and telescopes, and get ready to see what’s in the night (and day) sky this month.

    6-12 Nov. The Taurid meteor showers peak this week. There are two, the Northern and Southern Taurids, and they both peak in late October through mid-November. They’re sometimes called the Halloween Fireballs. You can see these bright, slow-moving fireballs in the northern and southern hemispheres at essentially any time of night. Expect a modest 5-10 meteors an hour.

    11 Nov. The planet Mercury transits the face of the Sun, the last such event until November 2032.

    The transit begins are 12:35 UT and ends at 18:04 UT. The midpoint of the transit occurs at 15:20 UT.. During the transit, the tiny disk of Mercury passes from east to west across the Sun. A telescope equipped with a safe solar filter is required to see this event, although the small disk may be visible using just a solar filter or #14 welding glass without a telescope if you look carefully..

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    After today, Mercury will continue to rise in the eastern sky and become visible in the eastern sky before sunrise later this month.

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    16-17 Nov.  The Leonids have been a bit of a dud of late. But it was not always so. In this past, this was an excellent meteor shower, and it once exploded into a meteor storm during which thousands of meteors each hour filled the night sky.

    16th Nov Swansea Astronomical Society hold a “STAR PARTY” at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday, Nov 16th 6.00 pm to 9.00pm.

    With clear skies this is a chance to learn about the Autumn Constellations and Galaxies such as Andromeda (M31) and Triangulum (M33), and a host of other interesting objects.
    If you have a telescope and want help with it in any way, please bring it along and we will do our best to help. Entry is via the main gate, £3 or adults, free for under 5's.
    Refreshments available in the Med cafe.

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    See Venus dances with Jupiter.

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    28-30 Nov. The month ends as it began: with Saturn, the crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter in the southwestern sky after sunset. Jupiter and Venus have switched positions since the beginning of November, and Saturn and Jupiter are working their way towards the horizon on the way to their conjunction with the Sun in the coming weeks.

    My Grandson's Christmas Present
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    Sky Watcher Infinity 76 Telescope with Parabolic Mirror 76 mm Magnification: 30x.  Box contents: Sky-Watcher children's telescope; comes with eyepieces; 30x erecting (upright image for terrestrial use); parabolic primary mirror; focusing screw; table support; gift box

    CLICK HERE: Link to telescope

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