Sky Watch: November 2017

What to See in the Night Sky

By Bob Berman
November 2, 2017
Universe at Night

Welcome to the November 2017 Sky Watch!  See what to look for in the night sky tonight, including bright planets, the full Moon, and more celestial highlights!

Sky Watch November 2017

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s in November’s night sky? Here are the highlights:

No planet remains high in the sky this month. Look near the horizon.

  • During early November, Saturn is the most visible evening planet. Look very low in the southwest after nightfall.
  • Mercury, also an evening planet, is lost in the sunset glare during the first half of the month but should be seen after mid-month.
  • In the morning sky, look for dazzling Venus up before dawn in the east. The “Morning Star” is also getting very low in the sky, now near the blue star Spica. Soon, it will sink so low that it will get lost in the glare of the sunrise.
  • Watch for Venus and Jupiter to have an extreme conjunction in the morning sky from November 12 to 14 (especially on the 13th) but it will be low in the sky—only a few degrees above the horizon at sunrise.
  • On the 14th, the Moon forms a straight line with Mars and Spica, then hovers above Venus on the 16th, and to left of Venus on the 17th.
  • On the 20th, the crescent Moon stands to the right of Saturn and above Mercury. The innermost planet, Mercury, is quite bright but just 8 degrees high at dusk.

Click here for a free sky map to navigate November’s night sky.


The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Saw this ball of yellow then break like firework at 7.30 25th Nov 2017

meteor sighted in Newport at around 7.30am

Was this a meteor I witnessed this morning around newport south Wales a large yellow fire streak then breaking up looked quite low

Bright green light shooting down from the sky to earth

24.11.17 at 12.05amGMT I witnessed a very bright green ball shooting down from the sky towards earth. This was in Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire England. What was it?!!

Yes I saw just 2 minutes ago! On the east coast.

That was a big one.on the east coast.

Shooting star night of 12th November

We were in the hot tub about 21-30pm and suddenly saw “shooting star”
It wasn’t like other shooting stars we've seen before .We actually sat and watched it pass by it seemed to last for ages it was very bright red/orange in colour tail very long and the tail was split ,it was amazing to see .
Did anybody else see it ?

Rocket launch

I'm guessing the rocket launch is what you saw. It was blasted from Virginia and is heading to the ISS. Was suppose to be visible on the east coast.


I live in Coconut Grove and was looking south at around 5:30 pm and saw in the distance something falling in the sky that looked like the tail end was burning and pink in color. Could it have been a meteor? It wasn’t a very long formation as some meteor photos I’ve looked at.


Hi Bob, I was wondering the exact date that Formalhaut reaches its highest point in the night sky. Thank you for any information you can provide on this lovely Autumn star! Happy November!


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 Hi Mary Beth, 
Fomalhaut is a wonderful star—both to pronounce (usually: Foam-‘l-ought) and to see, as it is the only bright star low in the south on autumn nights.

It is blue-white, the exact same type of star as Vega, high overhead. And it lies at Vega’s same distance of 25 light-years. But it’s there all alone, in an otherwise vacant part of the sky, below Cetus the whale.

Its midnight culmination date is September 6.

So by the time early November rolls around, it’s at its highest, and due south, at 8 PM. Hard to miss these nights, if you have a clear view to the low southern sky.

Thanks for asking about one of my favorite stars.