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  Sky Calendar -- November 2023
2 Moon near M35 star cluster at 2h UT (morning sky).
3 Jupiter at opposition at 5h UT. This is the best time to use a telescope to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. −2.9.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Castor at 14h UT (morning sky).
3 Moon near Pollux at 19h UT (morning sky).
5 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 0h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
5 Southern Taurid meteor shower peaks. Active from Sept 23 to Dec 8. Associated with Comet 2P/Encke.
Southern Taurids (American Meteor Society)
5 Last Quarter Moon at 8:38 UT.
6 Moon near Regulus at 21h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 404,569km; angular size 29.5').
9 Moon near Venus at 11h UT (46° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −4.3. Daytime occultation visible from Europe.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
11 Moon near Spica at 9h UT (morning sky).
11 Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks. Active from Oct 13 to Dec 2. Occasional bright fireball.
Northern Taurids (American Meteor Society)
13 New Moon at 9:26 UT. Start of lunation 1248.
13 Uranus at opposition at 17h UT. Mag. 5.6.
Uranus (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Mercury at 15h UT (15° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −0.4.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
14 Moon, Mercury and Antares within circle 4.2° diameter at 21h UT (evening sky). Mags. −0.0 & 1.0.
14 Moon near Antares at 21h UT (18° from Sun, evening sky). Occultation visible from Canada, USA, Mexico.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
17 Mercury 2.5° NNE of Antares at 3h UT (evening sky). Mags. −0.4 and 1.0.
18 Leonid meteor shower peaks. Arises from debris ejected by comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Produces very fast meteors (70 km/sec). Expect 10−15 meteors/hour under dark skies.
Leonids (American Meteor Society)
Leonids Over Monument Valley (APOD)
20 First Quarter Moon at 10:50 UT.
20 Moon near Saturn at 17h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.9.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21:16 UT (distance 369,818km; angular size 32.3').
25 Moon near Jupiter at 8h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.8.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near the Pleiades at 2h UT (midnight sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
27 Full Moon at 9:15 UT.
29 Moon near M35 star cluster at 12h UT (morning sky).
29 Venus 4.2° NNE of Spica at 18h UT (morning sky). Mags. −4.2 and 1.0.
30 Moon near Castor at 23h UT (morning sky).
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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