The sky of the month: November 2011

In november, darkness prevails here in the north, and chances for making astronomical observations are good! During early evening (picture 1.), the familiar constellations of autumn sky are still high in southern-southwestern sky. The Great Pegasus -square is in the southeastern sky and the constellations of Milky Way are in the southwest. In the morning (picture 3.), the winter -constellations are visible in the south. The mighty constellation of Orion, The Hunter, will be dominating the view in the south with Taurus, Gemini and Canis Minor and -Major. The brightest star of the sky, Sirius, is visible at low altitude in south. And just before sunrise (in the southern latitudes, where sun will rise) , constellations of Leo, Cancer and Hydra are visible in southern sky (picture 3.).

In November, planet Jupiter will be visible during all night in constellation of Aries (pictures 1 and 2.). Uranus and Neptune are visible at low altitude during early evening in southern sky. Uranus is visible also with naked eye in dark place (picture 1.), you just have to know where to look at! Neptune won’t be visible without telescope. Mars will be visible in the morning before sunrise in constellation of Leo.

Comet Garrad will be visible in the evening, and because the night is so long in November, it is also possible to see the comet just before sunrise! The Leonides -meteor shower is active in 17. of November, but this year the activity will be quite low, only 10-20 meteors are expected to be seen per hour.

Northern lights are likely to be seen in clear nights in November as a consequence to rising solar activity.

Celestial events in November:


First quarter of Moon


Moon close to Jupiter


Full Moon


The greatest eastern elongation of Mercury


Maximum of the Leonides


The Last quarter of Moon


Venus close to Moon


Saturn close to Moon, Sun enters Sagittarius


New Moon


Mercury close to Moon


Venus close to Moon