Sky Watch: November 2016

Stargazing and the Night Sky

November 1, 2016
Universe at Night

In the November 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Sky Watch November 2016

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

November highlights of the night sky:

  • The Moon floats above Saturn and Venus on the 2nd, 45 minutes after sunset.
  • Returning Venus moves higher this month and will be widely noticed; it is no longer a challenge.
  • The Moon stands high above Mars on the 6th, due south at nightfall.
  • An extraordinary “Supermoon” occurs on the 14th as the Moon comes its nearest to Earth since January 26, 1948. For most people, this is the largest and brightest full Moon of their lives. The effect on the tides, especially on the 15th, will be dramatic. 
  • A bright waning gibbous Moon will spoil the medium-strength Leonid meteor shower on the 18th. 
  • On the 25th, the Moon dangles below returning Jupiter in its new home of Virgo. Jupiter rises at around 4:00 A.M.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Sky Map November 2016


Use 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 November Sky Map!


The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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