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USPS Star Calendar for 20-26 November 13 November 2011

Posted by amedalen in November 2011.
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20 Nov    The moon rises 6.5 hours before the sun. A third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

21 Nov    High in the southeast before dawn, magnitude 1.2 Spica is 1.5 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 0.7 Saturn is 2 finger-widths to Spica’s upper left.

22 Nov    Before dawn, Spica is 1 finger-width to the moon’s left, and Saturn is 2 finger-widths to Spica’s upper left. Less than 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Use your binoculars to see how many stars you can find that aren’t visible with the naked eye.

23 Nov    The moon is at perigee, 56.40 Earth-radii, or 360,000 kilometers, away.

25 Nov    New moon at 0610 UT

26 Nov    With an unobstructed view of the western horizon, try to spot magnitude -3.9 Venus less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left shortly after sunset. If you’re lucky, you can also see magnitude 1.1 Mercury 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. About 1 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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