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Venus appears as a brilliant beacon low in the dawn sky in November after being in solar conjunction. A good time to start observing the planet is midmonth, around 45 minutes before sunrise. On 15 November it is an impressive 52-arcsecond diameter disc, appearing like a two-day-old Moon. From 11-20 November this ‘goddess of love’ is within 2° of the 1st magnitude star, Spica. By the end of December it has shrunk to only 26 arcseconds.
Jupiter is visible low in the twilight and lost in the solar glare by midmonth. Mercury’s run of favourable evenings comes to an end, as it follows Jupiter into the deep twilight later in November. Saturn will soon follow, so catch The chart accurately matches the sky on the dates and times shown for Sydney, Australia. The sky is different at other times as the stars crossing it set four minutes earlier each night.
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Obscure constellations Dorado, the Swordfish, and Tucana, the Tucan, are high in the southern sky. They look nothing like the creatures they’re named after, nor have any obvious bright star patterns – a problem they share with Cancer. But all three boast notable naked-eye, nonstellar objects. Cancer has the Beehive Cluster, M44. The other two are homes to the Magellanic Clouds: the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in Dorado and the Smalle Magellanic Cloud (SMC) in Tucana. it as early as possible. Mars and Neptune are still well placed in the northern sky, setting in the early morning. Uranus, having just passed opposition, is visible most of the night. Venus returns to the morning, being prominent low in the eastern dawn sky.