Starwalks: Morning Splendor
A still brilliant Venus is next to Spica on November 2, the day of that star’s first morning reappearance on the eastern horizon, while Saturn lingers in the western night sky over the Tail of the Scorpion. Look east. The stellar cluster Pleiades is last seen to rise after sunset.
On November 13 at 5:39 AM, Venus and Jupiter, the brightest planets, rise together in the predawn sky. That evening, at 5:30 PM, low on the Western horizon you may sight Mercury with Antares just before the latter disappears from the evening sky; Antares reappears again in the morning sky of December 20.
Venus and Jupiter will remain close together, while on November 15 the waning Moon will form an equilateral triangle above them, with Mars above and to the right and Spica below, on the right. To the left of the Moon in the northeast, you can find the brilliant red star Arcturus.
November 16 and 17 will see the last passage of the Old Moon, past Venus and Jupiter, before Venus fades into the dawn in the first half of December. Throughout November, Saturn remains the most conspicuous planet in the evening sky. By November 15, Mercury will be visible in the sky until 6:07 PM, an hour after sunset, which comes at 5:03 PM. By November 30, Mercury will conjoin Saturn above the Tail of the Scorpion. The pair will remain visible on the Western horizon until 6:12 PM. With the disappearance of this summer constellation, winter’s familiar stars return. ●●●