What to See in the Night Sky
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.