Podcaster: Shane and Chris
Title: Objects to Observe in the November 2021 Night Sky
Organization: Actual Astronomy
Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents Objects to Observe in the November 2021 Night Sky and places a focus on events to help you find the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, Uranus and Neptune as well as what you can see on the Moon. Learn how to find other worlds as our Moon pairs with planets and find out when the Lunar X is next visible. There may be some bright comets on the horizon, will they brighter or fade into obscurity?
Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.
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Chris Beckett: Welcome to episode 167 of the actual astronomy podcast, this is the objects to observe the November night sky 2021 edition.
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Chris Beckett: i’m Christian joining me machine, we were amateur astronomy so love looking up in the nighttime sky and this podcast is for anyone else who likes going under the stars, this is, I feel like we should have had a Halloween spectacular this year little late on the draw.
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Shane Ludtke: Okay.
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Shane Ludtke: What would that entail my friend.
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Chris Beckett: I don’t know.
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Chris Beckett: I don’t know what’s what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen in the night sky.
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Shane Ludtke: Ah, I think one time we were out at a dark sky site quite a quite a ways away from civilization, this was the dirt hills.
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Chris Beckett: If you remember that oh yeah.
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Shane Ludtke: By a cell tower and you know it’s it’s common when we’re out observing that you hear coyotes howling in the distance.
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Chris Beckett: Oh, and the code came up to us.
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Shane Ludtke: Well yeah so.
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Shane Ludtke: So we had finished observing for the night, we were all done and we heard the coyotes and they sounded close and one of the one of the folks that came observing with us Dave, if you remember this, Chris.
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Chris Beckett: yeah he had like a 18 million candle light or so, you know, a ridiculous spotlight in his truck.
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Shane Ludtke: So he brought it out illuminated the like the land behind us and here was a coyote maybe I don’t know 50 feet away just sitting there looking at.
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Shane Ludtke: And not that it was scary it was just sort of like it was startling right because always.
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Chris Beckett: In my head like.
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Shane Ludtke: For those that aren’t familiar with coyotes is is one of the neat things they.
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Shane Ludtke: Do is they’re almost like ventriloquist like they can throw their voice so they can make it sound like they’re close or far and I don’t know how it’s done, but they can also sound like there’s 20 of them when there’s only one or two.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah so it’s kind of a neat.
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Shane Ludtke: neat thing to listen to so i’ve always just you know at night when I hear them they’re a long ways away, even if they sound close, but this guy was real close.
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Chris Beckett: It was that case it was really close you know what I thought you were gonna say is I thought you were going to say the night that just you and I went out.
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Chris Beckett: And we went up on a hill by another cell tower and this was on the North side of the dirt and practice so it’s kind of like a North facing slope and I don’t know if you remember that we’re in like this double.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah.
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Chris Beckett: That field and and we are observing I remember, we were observing up and persist, you had your 12 inch reflector at that time and.
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Chris Beckett: And I remember, there was a lot of coyotes around us and we started getting kind of a bit we kind of hear them breaking the stubble they were in the result, it seemed like there is.
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Chris Beckett: Several groups of them around us and I got we got uncomfortable and left after we observed for like two hours but.
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Chris Beckett: By the end of it.
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Chris Beckett: They were gonna.
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Chris Beckett: We can ever yeah.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah That was a weird night, you know one one last one that i’ll share to when we were at grasslands that night and the fog was setting in.
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Shane Ludtke: We could see in the distance and this is kind of nighttime now like it was dark, but you could see.
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Shane Ludtke: Like and and this this area the campground is in a valley and you can see a waterfall of fog pouring down sort of a.
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Shane Ludtke: Like a coolie on the side of the valley, and it was just such an ominous thing to see and fascinating like i’ve never you know.
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Shane Ludtke: We spent a lot of time outdoors doing this i’ve never seen anything like that and yeah it would have been really neat to like.
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Shane Ludtke: This thing was probably a couple kilometers away at least we were using binoculars to really observe it, it would have been neat to just go there and see what it was like but anyway that’s my Halloween.
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Shane Ludtke: alignment I guess.
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Chris Beckett: We are going to have a partial eclipse this month kind of moon’s going to look like a giant pumpkin in the sky.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah that’s right yeah i’m though really excited for the potential Comet bright Comet so we’ll talk about that maybe towards the end of the.
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Chris Beckett: Oh yeah.
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Shane Ludtke: Around it’ll be and that’ll be appropriate, because it’ll be more at the end of the month, but.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah comment Leonard put it on your list everybody.
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Chris Beckett: Alright, so planetary around up really quick mercury and Venus are both covered.
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Chris Beckett: You know.
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Chris Beckett: they’re going to be, you know, in the in the very sort of far reaches of our atmosphere i’ve been watching Venus these nights and it’s kind of shimmery and shaking in the southwest.
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Chris Beckett: Now that is getting dark so early here I mean it’s up for a long time, but it’s not really that high and Jupiter is going to have some some moon shadows.
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Chris Beckett: Saturn is is really starting to come down now I mean I was looking at it last night and it’s it’s getting fired down in our atmosphere now.
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Chris Beckett: And then yeah it’s it’s starting to get cold so we’re gonna we’re going to be getting cold the eyepiece pretty soon uranus opposition is coming along and.
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Chris Beckett: Now is the time to really take take a good take a good look at that, while you can and Neptune is going to be well pleased near Jupiter so.
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Chris Beckett: jumping off on November 3 there’s going to be a double shadow transit were all North American can see ios shadow on a disk at the same time as the Green red spots are you gonna try to take a look at this here in a few teaching.
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Shane Ludtke: 100% i’ve looked at Jupiter I don’t even know how many nights this particular observing season like it has to be at least a couple dozen different nights i’ve been out.
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Shane Ludtke: i’ve seen shadow transits i’ve seen various detail in the cloud bands i’ve yet to see the great red spot every night i’ve looked at Jupiter it hasn’t been visible.
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Shane Ludtke: And so yeah I really want to see it and because we don’t have much we don’t have much more time to observe Jupiter like probably by the end of November, I think it’ll be.
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Shane Ludtke: At a point in the sky where it’s just too low to get any meaningful, you know details so i’ll probably start to ignore it at that point but yeah definitely on the third if it’s clear, I will be out with a telescope.
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Chris Beckett: Also happening on a third, and this one is a little sketchy.
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Chris Beckett: and bass, this is pretty advanced stuff and I probably won’t be checking this out, but also on the third in the afternoon there’s going to be a day late occultation of mercury by the moon.
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Shane Ludtke: Oh, that would be a difficult observation.
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Chris Beckett: It would be very difficult and it’s only 15 degrees away from the sun.
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Chris Beckett: yeah that’s.
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Chris Beckett: that’s too close for my comfort that that requires such extreme caution and solar safety practices that.
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Chris Beckett: Only raise that we have a broad and diverse spectrum of listeners, and some of them are more advanced and would be able to kind of sort out but you’d want to make sure that you’ve you’ve really.
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Chris Beckett: got things nailed down for for solar safety I don’t think it’s worthwhile, I mean shoot some of my telescopes just about get a five degree field of view and.
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Chris Beckett: You think about how easy it would be to get a piece of the sun in there, I don’t think I don’t think that’s worthwhile, one of the reasons were actually mentioned, it is that sometimes you’ll see this stuff mentioned like.
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Chris Beckett: In in like online what to observe in the nighttime sky kind of stuff and, unlike I don’t know that we should really be like encouraging people to try to make this observation I think that’s.
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Chris Beckett: that’s too dangerous unless you’re you’ve got some pretty good tracking equipment and so solar safety mechanisms in place to do it and I don’t know that it would be worthwhile.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah I think if this is something you’re going to do the other thing is.
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Shane Ludtke: Preparation for this type of event is huge so like on your planetarium software know the exact position of where mercury will be in relation to the moon at the specific time.
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Shane Ludtke: Because you don’t want to be messing around like scanning the the daytime sky looking for it, you know mercury is kind of a challenging observation, even when it’s dark nevermind in the daytime so this would be this would be a hard one.
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Chris Beckett: yeah and I think on the morning of the third and possibly the morning of the fourth.
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Chris Beckett: You can see a really old moon.
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Chris Beckett: I think I think, maybe for us it’s on the third I didn’t check the utc time, but it must have meant the third.
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Chris Beckett: yeah because that’s going to be a pretty old moon, and anyway, should be pretty beautiful like in the morning sky, but you can go and look to the south east.
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Chris Beckett: You know as the skies brightening but before sunrise You can check the local time for sunrise and and you’d stand a chance of seeing the moon and mercury pretty close together in the sky on those on those mornings anyway.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah that’s a good tip.
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Chris Beckett: yeah So if you just just want to see mercury in the moon, and just set your alarm early, for I think like the third probably would be a pretty good shot to see mercury in the moon.
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Chris Beckett: And you’re going to see a lot of twilight if if you’re lucky but yeah don’t don’t be observing what said sun comes up unless unless this is something you’ve that you’ve trained for.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah and and an old moon what what we mean there is is basically the moon’s life cycle is kind of measured from.
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Shane Ludtke: The point, right after new moon when it starts to illuminate again till full moon and then back to new moon so an old moon is like that last moment before it turns into a new moon.
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Shane Ludtke: And it’s kind of neat to catch these extremely like thin lines of illuminated lunar surface sometimes they can be really hard to spot as well, but when you do see them they’re quite pretty.
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Chris Beckett: And also well we get into this new moon period at the gig machine.
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Chris Beckett: is slowly becoming visible and we did a whole episode on the gig and Chine Pack in I think it was run the start of August and recorded around the end of July, but Dave Chairman came on and spoke about.
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Chris Beckett: his observations of the gig and chain, which is the illumination of particles in our solar system by the sun and it’s.
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Chris Beckett: sort of opposite the sun in the nighttime sky and, and this is becoming visible but yeah if people want to want to take a look, they can they can kind of REACH back into our archive and and take a look for that K conchita episode which was about three three and a half months ago now.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah it was a That was a great episode, and you know I always love hearing Dave talked about astronomy and that that one in particular because that’s a topic I didn’t know a lot about and.
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Shane Ludtke: hearing how he observed it from Florida, and then kind of what he did after that was pretty cool.
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Chris Beckett: And that could be something as you were talking about maybe going to do something.
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Chris Beckett: Early winter or slash winter camping my My opinion is that once it’s getting done and negative double digits your winter camping a chain, but if even if you don’t take a telescope but with you you’re going to be in a dark place probably so you could take a look for the gag and cheat.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah for sure I will.
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Chris Beckett: And the gag and she sounds like some sort of name for a horror movie and it is how you’re getting recording this so there’s.
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Shane Ludtke: Another.
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Chris Beckett: hiring her so on the fifth of November uranus is going to be at opposition have you observed uranus yet this year.
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Shane Ludtke: I have not have you.
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Chris Beckett: Actually.
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Chris Beckett: Richard Moody was on the the observers notebook.
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Chris Beckett: From now for the the elbow podcast.
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Chris Beckett: Which is great, he was he was talking about observing uranus and they were like have you observed and he’s like no not yet.
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Chris Beckett: He was talking about it pretty good stuff though and he’s he’s the author of the book I think Neptune and uranus and how to observe them or something like that which.
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Chris Beckett: I do want to get but last time I looked I can only find a used copy for like $120 Canadian or something like that so.
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Chris Beckett: I gotta take another another look for that, but yeah usually I hunt down uranus I can see it from a yard uranus is like a like an almost sixth magnitude star.
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Chris Beckett: looks kind of a little bit bloated not too hard to find usually pair of binoculars.
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Chris Beckett: You know and 15 minutes with planetarium software’s is usually all it takes don’t you really need to be dark adapted or anything to see it so it’s it’s not too bad so you should try it out, it gives you a sense of satisfaction.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah for sure, and you know if you have larger aperture telescopes you can start to sometimes see some of the color there.
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Shane Ludtke: It can be kind of a fun observation in that regard and that’s that’s really the test I think you’re not going to see any surface detail it’s really just seeing if you can pull in some of the color.
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Chris Beckett: yeah and there’s a few people with the eight inch telescope snow listen to this and larger and bill’s gonna think it is a 20 and yeah for sure on those larger.
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Chris Beckett: You know sort of six inch and larger sizes you’re going to start to see some of that aqua marine coloring also on the Fifth, we have the south toward meteor shower peeking.
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Shane Ludtke: huh what rate does that hit you know offhand.
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Chris Beckett: I don’t think it’s it’s a lot, but I think they’re fairly bright i’m just looking so that’s that’s next Tuesday so yeah probably probably not gonna be able to stamp and observe that.
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Chris Beckett: Is that Tuesday, no that’s going to be Friday.
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Chris Beckett: yeah that’s Friday yeah I don’t know, maybe, maybe i’ll be able to.
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Chris Beckett: Take a look, if I if I get up early or something like that so yeah we’ll see we’ll see so on November 8 Venus is just 1.1 degrees south of the moon.
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Chris Beckett: And an occultation occurs for parts of China, Russia and Japan, and I know we do have some listeners in Japan, so that is going to happen for you, and that will be in the evening.
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Chris Beckett: I think it’s rounds they put the time in here, no I didn’t put the time in but that would be an evening observation free but for us the moon and.
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Chris Beckett: And and Venus get within just over a degree apart so.
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Chris Beckett: Good binocular field started around five or so degrees and most telescope wide fields even telescopes just one quarter, are able to get a boat a degree, so this is pretty close in the nighttime sky, I think this, this would be interesting to take a look at on the Thursday.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah that would be very cool observation.
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Chris Beckett: i’ll definitely take a look at that, because I can actually I get a pretty good view of Venus from my.
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Chris Beckett: upstairs window and yeah I can just sort of point the binoculars there and go yep I can see, and so, even for a few days around that it’s going to be they’re going to be, you know for differently and other side, I think, will be fairly close so.
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Chris Beckett: All right, um let’s see November 11 the first quarter moon is in the sky and plus Jupiter will be visible in the same low powered binocular field, so I think here yeah here.
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Chris Beckett: Their boats six degrees apart, so we were pretty wide field binocular or maybe even our little.
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Chris Beckett: 15 millimeter crazy wide field telescopes be able to see Jupiter and the moon in that same field of view so that could be a cool one just to just to take the scope of plunk down on the driveway take a look at.
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Shane Ludtke: yeah absolutely that would be neat in anytime you can get you know multiple objects, in a field of view, I always appreciate it.
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Chris Beckett: yeah yeah I like that, too, I like just sort of seeing them pair up together it’s yeah it’s it’s pretty neat just just to take a look at.
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Chris Beckett: Also on that night on the night of the 11th the Lunar X is visible, and I think it’s visible for all of North America for those that they’d like to see the X on the moon.
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Shane Ludtke: Well that’s very cool and you know, this is an observation that if you’ve never had it before check it out it’s kind of neat to see again it’s it’s it’s not an actual feature on the moon, it is just an x that appears.
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Shane Ludtke: at certain times, based on the illumination of like.
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Shane Ludtke: kind of crater ridges and peaks.
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Shane Ludtke: You know the the lighting versus the shadow then creates this X and then also there’s a lunar V that’s visible the same night.
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Shane Ludtke: And it’s all along the terminator and pretty cool to watch and the other thing too it’s a if you’re, especially if you’re a real fan of the moon and observing it.
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Shane Ludtke: there’s one thing, just to observe the X the Lunar X, but the other aspect of this is to watch it just for the whole evening and see how it changes and it changes fairly quickly actually as.
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Shane Ludtke: The sun catches different kind of points along that terminator because that terminator shadow is always moving across the face of the moon and changing what’s in shadow and what’s not.
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Shane Ludtke: And in various objects can really appear differently from the beginning of the night until the end and the Lunar X, is an excellent way to sort of observe that transition throughout the evening.
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Chris Beckett: it’s an excellent way.
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Chris Beckett: X marks the spot so maybe it will be talk like a pirate day to I don’t know.
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Chris Beckett: All right, um let’s see on the 18th uranus and the moon pair up and binoculars they’re actually really close.
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Chris Beckett: I think they’re just both three degrees apart so again small wide field telescopes like like you know telescopes less than four inches and aperture.
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Chris Beckett: That have two inch focuses and are less than f6 would be able to take the moon and uranus so that would be a good night to try to hunt down uranus and just just observe it.
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Chris Beckett: Just the day before full moon, so you know the moon, is going to be very bright and washing of the sky, but like I said uranus is just I think it’s gonna be like around 5.7.
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Chris Beckett: magnitude so not super faint so decent pair of binoculars and.
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Chris Beckett: Small telescopes definitely would make short work of hunting down uranus that night, so you wouldn’t even need to take out the astronomy software, though here, I think.
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Chris Beckett: When I looked at this, I think, for us, so I think November 18 was just like the utc time and I think, for us it actually ends up being the night of the 17th at about 850 is when we see it at the closest here in saskatchewan.
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Shane Ludtke: Okay yeah well that’ll be a good, you know I love when we well you know you create these notes, so I love it when you highlight.
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Shane Ludtke: You know Neptune and your uranus in particular because they’re not naked eye objects under most skies, but I like when they pair up with something very visible like Jupiter or the moon, and make it a lot easier for everybody to find.
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Chris Beckett: yeah also November 17, of course, is pretty famous because that’s that’s when the the lean meteor shower takes place, however, with the full moon in the sky know you’re not going to see too many Leonid meteors that night, maybe if they’re really bright.
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Chris Beckett: You might see some but.
00:19:15.420 –> 00:19:19.950
Chris Beckett: yeah unfortunately the the moon, is going to wash it they’ll need meteors that night.
00:19:22.620 –> 00:19:28.080
Chris Beckett: So the full moon is going to occur on the 19th but you know what else has happened that night chain.
00:19:28.710 –> 00:19:36.360
Shane Ludtke: There is a partial lunar eclipse that some folks in North America, or maybe old folks in North America will be able to see I.
00:19:36.990 –> 00:19:37.890
Shane Ludtke: can’t remember.
00:19:38.160 –> 00:19:44.700
Chris Beckett: Oh yeah it’s it’s pretty much everywhere except on the on the Far Eastern side like Newfoundland.
00:19:45.810 –> 00:19:57.240
Chris Beckett: area I think might not get the full full full, but here in the in the middle of the middle of the continent where we are we’re going to be able to see the entire.
00:19:58.080 –> 00:20:06.240
Chris Beckett: lunar eclipse it doesn’t it’s not a full like it’s typically just a partial but it’s as close to a full and still be a partial, as you can get.
00:20:06.480 –> 00:20:07.710
Chris Beckett: Because I think it’s something like.
00:20:08.520 –> 00:20:19.620
Chris Beckett: I think it’s something like 1% of the moon is left illuminated or something like that give or take it’s this extremely small amount so it’s you know, and I find with the Lunar eclipses anyway.
00:20:20.700 –> 00:20:24.450
Chris Beckett: You know, unlike with a solar eclipse not that i’ve seen a full solar eclipse, but you have.
00:20:25.320 –> 00:20:34.890
Chris Beckett: With the solar eclipse if there was just 1% of the sun left it would still you would get a lot of brightness because the sun is so bright, whereas with the moon if there’s only like just 1% laughter so.
00:20:35.910 –> 00:20:44.850
Chris Beckett: you’re really not getting that much laid out of it so you’re going to have some pretty dark skies for a couple hours on the evening of the 19th is that lunar eclipse.
00:20:45.540 –> 00:20:46.170
Chris Beckett: takes place.
00:20:47.190 –> 00:20:53.460
Shane Ludtke: yeah I love lunar eclipses you don’t need anything to observe this with you can do this just with your eyeballs.
00:20:54.240 –> 00:20:58.650
Shane Ludtke: binoculars or telescopes are kind of fun to use as well, but.
00:20:58.830 –> 00:21:09.750
Shane Ludtke: You don’t need them and what is neat or what what I find neat about lunar eclipses is as the moon is going into totality or in this case is close to totality is it will get.
00:21:10.560 –> 00:21:19.200
Shane Ludtke: It will take on sort of a reddish color and that that red is hard to predict and sometimes it’s very vibrant.
00:21:19.740 –> 00:21:32.220
Shane Ludtke: Other times you sometimes don’t even know it’s going into eclipse actually because it just doesn’t really change a lot so i’m always excited for these things just to see how read the moon does get.
00:21:32.250 –> 00:21:40.890
Shane Ludtke: During the eclipse and a couple years ago, trying to think what year that was I can’t remember now, but it was actually quite a deep read.
00:21:40.980 –> 00:21:47.910
Shane Ludtke: That being turned and it’s quite beautiful and and because these things are somewhat rare, you know that.
00:21:48.630 –> 00:22:00.090
Shane Ludtke: They don’t happen all the time and then also the again that degree of readiness changes so much, it is kind of special when you do get one of these lunar eclipses where the color really becomes apparent.
00:22:01.200 –> 00:22:05.640
Chris Beckett: yeah i’m disappointed though, because we still have quite a bit of code cases here.
00:22:06.780 –> 00:22:11.280
Chris Beckett: They might be going down it’s hard to tell because people stop getting tested but.
00:22:12.360 –> 00:22:19.380
Chris Beckett: yeah usually, when in fact every other time when there’s been a lunar eclipse while my while i’ve been teaching my class.
00:22:20.280 –> 00:22:26.310
Chris Beckett: I get the class out to to observe it with binoculars and then what we do is we try to go somewhere recently dark whether it’s.
00:22:26.640 –> 00:22:36.870
Chris Beckett: You know just doing in the one of the local parks or something like that or just outside the city or wherever and then what we do is is take our binoculars and.
00:22:37.440 –> 00:22:48.690
Chris Beckett: You know sort of as as the Lunar eclipse starts taking place in the sky gets dark you’re watching this this this event and everybody is excited to see a lunar eclipse but then it also gets dark enough to actually see.
00:22:49.530 –> 00:22:57.300
Chris Beckett: stars and some deep sky objects so usually what i’ve been able to do is have have the participants in my class go and take a look at like the.
00:22:57.300 –> 00:22:59.790
Chris Beckett: andromeda galaxy the double cluster.
00:23:00.510 –> 00:23:06.420
Chris Beckett: You know, identify some of the other constellations and star patterns and that sort of thing and.
00:23:06.660 –> 00:23:17.220
Chris Beckett: You know, learn stuff we’ve had people come out maybe that ever never been identified the big dipper before they always wonder is that the big dipper you know I just need someone to say hey you know that is it or you know, some people.
00:23:17.790 –> 00:23:24.840
Chris Beckett: have been trying to find the andromeda galaxy but not being successful and it’s really great to be able to kind of give them a hand to walk through that but I think probably.
00:23:25.140 –> 00:23:34.800
Chris Beckett: By the 19th there’s still too many Kovac cases so i’ll probably just observe it but i’ve observed pretty much every lunar eclipse has taken place that’s been visible, since I was like 11 or something like that.
00:23:35.550 –> 00:23:40.620
Shane Ludtke: yeah they’re fun I like observing them, so if it’s clear here, I will be observing that one.
00:23:41.100 –> 00:23:54.360
Chris Beckett: yeah cool good stuff on November 27, and this is the last quarter moon, and you know, not that I get too excited but the last quarter we but they’re pretty cool to take a look at I was looking at the last quarter moon.
00:23:54.870 –> 00:23:59.700
Chris Beckett: back, I think it was an August or September and I had left my.
00:24:00.360 –> 00:24:07.110
Chris Beckett: telescope set up at my dark site and rolled out of bed and went out and didn’t observing session on on the last quarter moon and.
00:24:07.380 –> 00:24:16.470
Chris Beckett: I actually didn’t take a charter anything with me it’s freezing cold and I can’t remember what what the features, I was looking at our but definitely there’s there’s a lot of mountainous.
00:24:17.190 –> 00:24:22.350
Chris Beckett: chains and crater chains and that that are visible in the last quarter moon pretty pretty worthwhile looking at.
00:24:23.910 –> 00:24:27.540
Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah absolutely that’s another good event to put into the calendar.
00:24:28.170 –> 00:24:37.560
Chris Beckett: So, the last thing I have to add before we get on to your comment craziness is is the dwarf planet series.
00:24:37.950 –> 00:24:41.220
Chris Beckett: is going to be an opposition and brighter the magnitude.
00:24:41.280 –> 00:24:57.420
Chris Beckett: Seven so and that’s that’s going to happen on the 27th as well, so that’s going to be in the in the evening sky or sort of the sky at night, and you know we’d be able to go out and take a look at that so have you ever have you ever seen series.
00:24:58.050 –> 00:24:59.460
Shane Ludtke: Yes, yes.
00:25:00.690 –> 00:25:11.490
Shane Ludtke: What I would like to try, you know and potentially could happen on this opposition, would be to go to a dark side and see a naked eye potentially that would be pretty cool.
00:25:12.360 –> 00:25:22.950
Chris Beckett: I can’t recall if it was series, I was looking at or vs vesta or vesper something like that anyway.
00:25:24.300 –> 00:25:29.310
Chris Beckett: let’s see it’s going to be up in it’s in a pretty good spot because it’s.
00:25:29.340 –> 00:25:30.600
Chris Beckett: it’s in Taurus.
00:25:31.080 –> 00:25:41.580
Chris Beckett: it’s actually going to be hanging out pretty much in the highest so could be pretty interesting to try to hunt it down but there’s a lot of stars in that area, so and good luck with them.
00:25:42.510 –> 00:25:43.440
Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah.
00:25:43.770 –> 00:25:50.100
Shane Ludtke: cuz it again it’s not streaking across the sky, it will look like a star essentially.
00:25:50.160 –> 00:25:52.080
Shane Ludtke: yeah yeah that would be hard for sure.
00:25:52.320 –> 00:25:57.000
Chris Beckett: yeah actually I think it’s going to be really close to elberon on on that.
00:25:57.120 –> 00:25:58.500
Shane Ludtke: On that night okay.
00:25:58.770 –> 00:26:07.200
Chris Beckett: So might be able to tease it out with binoculars I don’t know that could be that could be a little difficult right now.
00:26:07.590 –> 00:26:21.480
Chris Beckett: it’s going to be just the left of elder Baron and then yeah by sorry with these yeah 27th yeah it’s coming along so it’s going to be actually it’s going to be rate above you know the pointer the tip of tourists.
00:26:22.020 –> 00:26:30.990
Chris Beckett: Yes, like yes so because Taurus is kind of like a V well at like the at sort of the end of the V there’s a start and rate above that.
00:26:31.500 –> 00:26:53.760
Chris Beckett: Just to the lab thurs there’s like a boat I think it’s like about fourth management star maybe yeah maybe like three and a half magnitude it’s going to be just to the right of that star so that that would be a pretty easy way to find a serious yeah so tell us about some of your comments.
00:26:54.300 –> 00:27:03.030
Shane Ludtke: there’s yeah so there’s two to speak of the first one is a comment that looks like it’ll hit eight magnitude.
00:27:03.930 –> 00:27:20.100
Shane Ludtke: So that’s getting to be a potentially decent comment in optics you know binoculars or telescopes and this one is 67 P, what is this your shirt cheery you marv dash get Gareth garrison mango.
00:27:21.150 –> 00:27:23.820
Chris Beckett: So this was the one that the rosetta mission tried to land on.
00:27:24.510 –> 00:27:25.920
Shane Ludtke: Is it really oh wow.
00:27:26.070 –> 00:27:27.030
Shane Ludtke: yeah it is yeah cool.
00:27:27.180 –> 00:27:29.730
Chris Beckett: yeah cuz I worked for the company that built the lander.
00:27:30.540 –> 00:27:31.260
Shane Ludtke: Okay okay.
00:27:31.800 –> 00:27:35.220
Chris Beckett: For a very short period of time and was not on that particular project.
00:27:36.630 –> 00:27:38.370
Shane Ludtke: Right right so i’m just.
00:27:38.490 –> 00:27:39.960
Shane Ludtke: Looking here.
00:27:39.990 –> 00:27:41.100
Chris Beckett: That was the rosetta mission.
00:27:41.820 –> 00:27:45.360
Chris Beckett: Okay yeah yeah I have a coffee mug for it.
00:27:45.660 –> 00:27:46.380
Shane Ludtke: Because they were really.
00:27:46.560 –> 00:27:52.740
Chris Beckett: I was really excited they were like we’re gonna give you a coffee mug and I was like thanks so much and then go to research at the university.
00:27:55.980 –> 00:27:56.070
Shane Ludtke: It.
00:27:56.430 –> 00:27:58.170
Shane Ludtke: It looks like it will be in Gemini.
00:27:59.160 –> 00:28:08.250
Shane Ludtke: So that’s a potential one for folks to check out this month, so this would be it looks like kind of a midnight slash morning Comet.
00:28:09.060 –> 00:28:21.990
Shane Ludtke: So the you know the later or the last half of the night, and then the one that everybody’s been kind of talking about since the start of the year is is now the time to start watching and that’s see.
00:28:23.430 –> 00:28:23.970
Shane Ludtke: Leonard.
00:28:25.080 –> 00:28:36.630
Shane Ludtke: This one has the potential and there’s a lot of forecasts that have this going are becoming a naked eye Comet in December, reaching magnitude, for which is exceptionally bright.
00:28:36.960 –> 00:28:44.610
Shane Ludtke: Now we always put out there, that these things are highly erratic and very difficult to predict how bright, they will actually get.
00:28:44.940 –> 00:28:57.360
Shane Ludtke: And more often than not, these comments that have bright forecasts end up disappointing us because they break up when they get close to the sun or you know get sucked into the sun and just disappear entirely.
00:28:58.500 –> 00:29:01.230
Shane Ludtke: And then they just don’t get as bright, as what people thought.
00:29:02.460 –> 00:29:04.620
Shane Ludtke: However, towards the end of November.
00:29:07.980 –> 00:29:15.780
Shane Ludtke: I think yeah I think more towards the end of November in the morning sky Leonard is expected to get to magnitude seven.
00:29:18.030 –> 00:29:27.060
Shane Ludtke: Looking at the curve, the magnitudes graph of observations, it looks like it’s trending below forecast right now.
00:29:27.360 –> 00:29:31.080
Shane Ludtke: and has been kind since really the start of the year, but.
00:29:31.500 –> 00:29:36.750
Shane Ludtke: It really it really doesn’t matter it just really matters, what happens in the next eight weeks.
00:29:36.780 –> 00:29:38.760
Shane Ludtke: Essentially throughout November and December.
00:29:40.170 –> 00:29:55.440
Shane Ludtke: So keep an eye on this one, it what what’s really neat about comments, one is to watch this evolution of you know brightening over a period of time, but what is also cool or kind of exciting is again that erratic aspect of them.
00:29:56.490 –> 00:30:11.580
Shane Ludtke: If they could brighten up substantially from one night to the next, so it’s just neat to watch it if you can as many times as possible and if it does get to like a magnitude for that’ll be an incredible Comet to to observe.
00:30:12.030 –> 00:30:19.890
Chris Beckett: yeah yeah definitely is that a senior manager now it’s only at 12 and a half, so that’s.
00:30:20.160 –> 00:30:20.520
Shane Ludtke: You know.
00:30:20.580 –> 00:30:22.830
Chris Beckett: that’s not that’s not all that bright.
00:30:23.370 –> 00:30:30.900
Shane Ludtke: No, no, so it has a ways to go so definitely right now I wouldn’t be too concerned with observing it unless you have some larger apertures.
00:30:31.800 –> 00:30:36.690
Shane Ludtke: But like I say, towards the end of the month it’ll be worth paying attention to you know start.
00:30:37.140 –> 00:30:49.890
Shane Ludtke: tuning into some of the astronomy Twitter accounts, and I think we’ll try to tweet about it, too, if it does flare up and and get as bright, as what you know we’re hoping for and get ready for some December observing.
00:30:50.760 –> 00:31:02.580
Chris Beckett: yeah yeah hopefully I mean hopefully this this does bring up, I mean right now I mean sky hound says that you can you can get it in a six inch but 12 and a half magnitude, that is.
00:31:02.820 –> 00:31:03.390
Shane Ludtke: that’s pushing.
00:31:03.600 –> 00:31:14.970
Chris Beckett: I think you’d be you’d be six inches in a refractor at the large at the darkest site, I think, realistically, you know you’d be doing well to get it in a in a 10 and 10 inch.
00:31:15.450 –> 00:31:30.570
Chris Beckett: i’m just reading a report from somebody on cloud at night, saying they got it in attendance, but they had they have smaller instruments and they had been observing with smaller instruments other comments and yeah it’s not it’s not that break yeah so you know, there we go.
00:31:31.800 –> 00:31:38.250
Shane Ludtke: yeah time will tell, and my fingers are crossed that this turns into another bright Comet.
00:31:39.810 –> 00:31:45.750
Shane Ludtke: We if it does, then we’re quite fortunate because that’ll be what two in.
00:31:46.770 –> 00:31:50.100
Shane Ludtke: Two years, I guess, almost a year, or something like that.
00:31:50.310 –> 00:31:59.940
Chris Beckett: yeah I mean not not much longer than a year after having a new wise and now we’re prepared, we have these little 50 millimeter super wide field so i’m ready for that next 10 degree tail.
00:32:00.330 –> 00:32:00.750
Shane Ludtke: that’s right.
00:32:02.700 –> 00:32:03.270
Chris Beckett: Good stuff.
00:32:03.300 –> 00:32:08.280
Chris Beckett: Well, do you have anything else left to add to this or objects to observe the night sky for November.
00:32:08.280 –> 00:32:09.510
Chris Beckett: 2021 and shane.
00:32:10.230 –> 00:32:11.100
Shane Ludtke: That is all, Chris.
00:32:11.400 –> 00:32:14.910
Chris Beckett: Alright well thanks so much for joining me and thanks so much everybody for listening.
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