Podcaster: Rob Webb
Organization: Physics teacher at Pequea Valley High School
Description: Venus switches over to a morning star, and a brilliant morning star at that, Mars dominates the evening sky, Saturn tries to stay visible for another month, the Leonids try to break through the gibbous moonlight, and the Moon passes by Mars and Saturn.
Bio: Rob Webb is a physics, astronomy, and sustainability teacher at Pequea Valley High School in Pennsylvania. His passions include teaching, astronomy, astrophotography, planetariums, running, reading, and golf. A proud graduate of Dickinson College in 2005, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Penn State University after conducting research in regards to the current state of planetariums in Pennsylvania. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Venus switches over to a morning star, and a brilliant morning star at that, Mars dominates the evening sky, Saturn tries to stay visible for another month, the Leonids try to break through the gibbous moonlight, and the Moon passes by Mars and Saturn.
- Around Sunset – Saturn (SW), Mars (S)
- Throughout the night – Mars (SàW)
- Morning – Venus (E)
- Lost in the glare of the Sun this month
- Becomes a brilliant morning star for the next half year or so. Even as a very thin crescent in the beginning of the month, it is VERY bright, and easily visible just above the ESE horizon starting late the first week of the month. It’ll get up to about 30˚ above the horizon by the end of November, and visible as early as 4:30am. If you have binoculars or a telescope, you should easily see it transform from a very thin crescent to a smaller but thicker crescent throughout the month, about the size of Jupiter in your view.
- Mars is already in the S around sunset, traveling toward the W and setting around 11:30pm each night. Moves from Capricornus to Aquarius throughout the month. Absolutely gorgeous and bright and red right now, but not so breathtaking in a telescope.
- Lost in the glare of the Sun this month, and probably next
- Starts to dive lower in the sky quickly this month. Already up around sunset. Look about 20˚ above the SW horizon in evening above Sagittarius. Sets around 8pm in the beginning of the month, and 6pm at the end of the month. Get binoculars or a telescope out to check out the rings.
4th – Daylight Savings Time Ends
New Moon – 7th (darkest skies)
11th – Close Encounter – Moon, Saturn – Find a thin crescent Moon off in the SW after sunset and you’ll see Saturn only 3˚ off to the right and down a little bit, both just above the teapot of Sagittarius.
First Quarter Moon – 15th (Visible until midnight)
15th – Close Encounter – Moon, Mars – A half-lit Moon will get to within 3˚ of Mars tonight.
17th – Leonid Meteor Shower – You might just catch a couple meteors coming from Leo, if you get out early in the morning and look at the whole sky in general, like other meteor showers. However, this meteor shower is losing steam throughout the years, but still producing about 15 per hour. The Gibbous Moon will make it hard to see many of the fainter meteors in the early evening.
Full Moon – 23rd (Visible all night)
Last Quarter Moon – 30th (Visible from midnight into the morning)
(see sky map link at the bottom for a Star Map for this month)
Pegasus & Andromeda – Look pretty much straight up you’ll be able to see the Great Square of Pegasus, with Andromeda curving off of one corner. If your skies are decently dark, you might catch the faint fuzz that is the Andromeda Galaxy.
Andromeda, Perseus, Triangulum, Aries – Find Pegasus off to the West a little bit to find the cornucopia shaped Andromeda again. Keep following the cornucopia shape to find Perseus, which has kind of a similar shape, except opening up toward the southern horizon and the Pleiades. Below Perseus and Andromeda will be Triangulum, a small thin triangle, and Aries the Ram, which looks more like a curved walking cane on its side.
Orion – Look southwest to find the vertical bow-tie that is Orion the Hunter.
Use a sky map from www.skymaps.com to help you out.
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