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USPS Star Calendar for 18-24 November 11 November 2012

Posted by amedalen in November 2012.
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18 Nov    Venus and Spica rise 2½ hours before the sun.

19 Nov    Venus falls closer to the horizon and is now 2 finger-widths to Spica’s lower left.

20 Nov    Tonight is also a good night for viewing the Leonids. The first-quarter moon is high in the south at nightfall. Most nearby stars are third magnitude or dimmer. Magnitude 0.9 Altair is nearly 4 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths to the lower left. How many lower-magnitude stars can you spot near the moon? Magnitude 3.2 Sadalmelik is 2 finger-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 3.0 Deneb Algedi is 1 fist-width to the lower right.

21 Nov    High in the south at dusk, the Great Square of Pegasus is a couple of fist-widths above or to the upper left of the waxing gibbous moon.

24 Nov    The moon is in the constellation Pisces, the Fish. In this faint constellation none of the stars are brighter than fourth magnitude. In Greco-Roman myth, Aphrodite and her son Heros were chased by the monster Typhon. To escape they transformed into fish and tied their tails together to make sure they would never be separated. The two fish form a V in the sky where they are tied. The moon is 1 fist-width above the base of the V.

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USPS Star Calendar for 11-17 November 4 November 2012

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11 Nov    Rising less than 3 hours before the sun, Venus and the waning crescent moon are low in the east at dawn. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 0.6 Saturn is 1 fist-width beyond Spica near the horizon. Watch as they disappear in the sun’s glow.

12 Nov    Saturn and the thin crescent moon rise an hour before the sun. Look quickly, as they will soon be lost in the sun’s glare.

14 Nov    The moon is at perigee, 56.03 Earth-radii (357,000 kilometers) away. With perigee occurring 12.4 hours after the new moon, we can expect higher than normal tides.

15 Nov    Mars is 3 finger-widths to the thin waxing crescent moon’s upper left low in the west at nightfall.

16 Nov    Magnitude -4.0 Venus passes close to Spica low in the east the next few mornings. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 2 finger-widths to Venus’ lower left.

17 Nov    Compared to Spica, Venus is closer to the horizon this morning. The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight with no moon to spoil the show.

USPS Star Calendar for 14 to 20 November 7 November 2010

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15 Magnitude -2.7 Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to the waxing gibbous moon’s lower left this evening. The moon is at apogee, 63.51 Earth-radii away.
16 Magnitude -2.6 Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right tonight.
17 The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight. Unfortunately, the best viewing won’t occur until moonset at 0400 UT tomorrow.
19 Look for magnitude 2.2 Hamal in the constellation Aries the Ram, 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left. The slightly dimmer magnitude 2.7 Sheratan is the same distance to the moon’s upper right. Use binoculars.
20 Magnitude -0.4 Mercury passes within 1 finger-width of magnitude 1.4 Mars this evening. They remain close for several evenings and set 1 hour after the sun. The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left tonight. Use binoculars.