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Saturday, November 02, 2013


Southern Skywatch November, 2013 edition is now out!

Evening sky looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 pm ACDST  on Thursday November 7. Venus is quite high in the evening sky in the heart of the Milky Way. The insets shows the telescopic view of Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local times.  Click to embiggen.

The November edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

There's still lots of planetary action this month with  Venus passing lots of deep sky objects and Jupiter and Mars meeting the Moon. Also some bright comets, especially comet ISON.

Mars climbs higher to the morning sky and is near the crescent Moon on the 28th.  Jupiter climbs higher still and is also near the crescent Moon on the 21st to 22nd.

Mercury and Saturn are lost in the twilight.

On the 7th the crescent Moon  is close to Venus . Venus is close to the the hearth of the galaxy on the 2nd, and passes several clusters, nebula and bright stars, with a spectacular close approach to Nunki on the 19th.

Comets C/2013 R1 Lovejoy and C/2012 S1 ISON are bright enough to see in binoculars. ISON may become spectacularly bright towrds the end of the month (or just fizzle out).

The Leonid meteor shower is best on the morning of the 18th, but with the full Moon close by, very few meteors will be seen. 


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