On the evening of November 5 and 6 we’ll witness the height of the Taurids meteor bathe. It is a long-running minor meteor bathe producing solely about 5-10 meteors per hour at peak, whereas some meteors will also be seen from September 7 to December 10. Nonetheless it’s uncommon in that it consists of two separate streams. The primary is produced by mud grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second is produced by particles left behind by Comet 2P Encke. Sadly the second quarter moon will block out all however the brightest meteors this 12 months. If you’re affected person, you should still be capable to catch just a few good ones from a darkish location distant from metropolis lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, however can seem anyplace within the sky.
Taurus constellation map. Picture credit score: IAU and Sky & Telescope journal.
Later this month on the evening of November 17 and 18 we’ll see the height of one other meteor bathe – the Leonids. It’s a median bathe producing as much as 15 meteors per hour at its peak whereas some meteors will also be seen anytime between November 6 and 30. This bathe can be distinctive in that it has a cyclonic peak about each 33 years the place a whole bunch of meteors per hour could be seen. The final time it occurred in 2001. The Leonids are produced by mud grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was found in 1865. Luckily the primary quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving pretty darkish skies for what may very well be a superb present. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, however can seem anyplace within the sky.
Leo constellation map. Picture credit score: IAU and Sky & Telescope journal.
As you already know, the moon has a big effect on the visibility of celestial our bodies within the evening sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:
Positions of the planets this month
Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar could be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling throughout the constellation of Libra. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to maneuver shortly within the evening sky and its place will change within the following weeks.
Venus: The sister planet could be seen travelling throughout the constellation Virgo, not removed from Mars and Jupiter. Identical to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.
Mars: The pink aircraftt could be seen in the constellation of Virgo.
Jupiter: The fuel large is seen in the constellation of Leo. Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.
Saturn: The ringed large could be seen with the bare eye between the constellations of Scorpius and Libra.
Uranus: The fuel large could be seen in the constellation of Pisces with the usage of a telescope.
Neptune: The blue large requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius as a way to be seen.
Main astronomical occasions subsequent month
- December 7 – Conjunction of the Moon and Venus.
- December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Bathe.
- December 22 – December Solstice.
- December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Bathe.
- December 29 – Mercury at Best Japanese Elongation.