Star­walks: Morn­ing Splen­dor

Catron Courier - - News - by Thea Mar­shall

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. ●●●

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