Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch November 2014
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2105 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
Mercury has its best morning star apparition during the first 10 days of the month, 10 degrees above the eastern horizon 40 minutes before sunrise.
With Venus and Saturn gone and Mars dim and low in Sagittarius, the action shifts to reappearing, brightening Jupiter, now in Leo, where the planet rises at around 11:00 P.M. in midmonth and is visible for more than half the night. The Moon is to its right on the 13th.
Also at midmonth, Orion rises by 9:00 P.M., with Sirius, the Dog Star, up an hour later, introducing the brilliant stars of the cold season.
A crowd surrounds the Sun on the 22nd: the Moon, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus all tightly clustered, but unseen in the solar glare.
Sky Map November 2014
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