What's to see in the night sky in November?

November, 2001

This chart represents the sky as it looks at around 10 PM local time. Some adjustment should be made for longitude, but it shouldn't be much. Right click on the chart, select "Save As" and save the image. You can then print this chart from a photo application, like Print Shop Pro, hold it in front of you with the direction you are facing at the bottom. Then, raise it above your head and you should be able to find your way around from there.

Alert! Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks On 11/17/07!


Moon phases

New-11/5_____First Quarter-11/13____Full-11/21____Last Quarter-11/28


Mercury low in the western sky after sunset. Greatest elongation on 11/30..
Venus reappears in te eastern, morning sky.
Mars is low in the southwest after sunset. Passes close to Mercury on the 21st.
Jupiter .is well placed all month.
Saturn emerging from the morning twilight in the east.

Meteor showers

November of course, means the Leonids! Active from 11/14-11/21, peaking on the 17th, every year we're promised a possible "meteor storm", but somehow here in the states we manage to miss it. I make no predictions here, but I think it's our turn this year. :-) Even if it doesn't work out, there's always a bunch of them suckers anyway. I'll be outside on the 17th at any rate. Care to join me?

Deep Sky Objects (DSO's)
Messier Objects

PN-M76-the Little Dumbell is small and resembles the big Dumbell I guess, but it's still really small.. OC-M103 is small, but bright. Galaxies-M31, 32, 33, 74 and 110.
M31, 32 and 110 are all associated as the Great Andromeda Galaxy. Amazing to think that when the light you see left them, Homo Sapiens was just getting started in Africa. (I know, I know, but that's the way I learned it, nonetheless.)
M33 in Triangulum and M74 in Pisces are two of the closest, largest, lowest surface brightness galaxies around. Can be frustrating, even when located. "Is that really all it is? Shouldn't I be able to see more detail? After all, it's HUGE on the charts..." Now you know what low surface brightness means.

Named DSO's

Although there aren't any "named" DSO's here, there are several very nice DSO's. First should be NGC 253 in Sculptor. Find Diphda in Cetus, it's the bottom star in the faint trianglular asterism to the west of the constellation. Go south and just a little east-you can see this big, bright, edge-on galaxy in binoculars.
A little east and south of 253 is globular NGC 288. Big and loose, it's easy to see, if your skies are dark and your horizon is low.
A little farther north is the PN NGC 246. Almost smack in the middle of the triangle asterism I mentioned earlier. Happy hunting!

Here's the link to SEDS as promised.

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