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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.

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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.

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