Sky Watch: November 2015

Welcome to the November 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch November 2015

by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in November? Here are the highlights:

  • Venus stands very near Mars from the 1st to the 3rd, just before dawn in the east, with Jupiter closely above them.
  • The crescent Moon passes to the right of Jupiter on the 6th and to the right of Venus on the 7th, with nearby Mars just above them both. This planet group forms a nice little triangle, although the Martian “point,” at magnitude 1.7, is so dim that it might easily be overlooked; Venus is 200 times brighter! Look at the crescent Moon to see earthshine—a faint glow on its dark portion caused by reflection of sunlight from Earth.
  • Saturn passes behind the Sun in a conjunction on the 29th, ending its evening star role. 

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac—just released!

Sky Map November 2015

skymap_november2015-360.pngUse our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!

Click here for our free monthly Sky Map!


The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac

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