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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday October 29 to Thursday November 5

The Full Moon is Tuesday November 3. Jupiter is is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. In the morning, Mars is easily seen above the eastern horizon and crosses the Beehive cluster. Saturn is low on the dawn horizon and Venus is lost in the twlight.

Morning sky looking north-east showing Mars near the Beehive cluster at 4:00 am local daylight saving time (3:00 am non-daylight saving) on Sunday November 1. Click to embiggen.

The Full Moon is Tuesday November 3.

Mercury is currently not visible.

Saturn is low in the morning sky this week.

Jupiter is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. Jupiter is big enough to be appreciated in even the smallest telescope. If you don't have a telescope to view Jupiter, why not go to one of your local Astronomical Societies or Planetariums open nights? Jupiter's Moons are readily visible in binoculars or a small telescope.

Western horizon showing Jupiter at 12:00 pm local daylight saving time (11:00 pm non-daylight saving) on Sunday November 1, click to embiggen.

In the morning, Mars is readily visible in the eastern sky. Red Mars is in the constellation of Cancer and starts the week near the Beehive cluster. On Sunday November 1 and Monday November 2, Mars crosses the Beehive cluster. This will be readily visible to the unaided eye under dark skies, and will look magnificent in binoculars.

Bright white Venus is very close to the horizon, and disappears into the twilight glow this week.



Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm, Western sky at 10 pm. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

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