Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Welcome to the Pickering Astronomy blog, providing updates on what to see in skies above Pickering with the unaided eye during November 2018.


Stars and Constellations


Here is a short list of night sky sights for the unaided eye during the coming month.
The constellations of Cassiopeia and Cepheus are high in the northern sky and nearly overhead during November-December evenings
The “Great Square” of Pegasus is nearly overhead during early evening and Andromeda extends northward from the north-eastern star of the Great Square 
South of Pegasus, fainter stars comprise the constellations of Aquarius, Pisces and Cetus. While not easy to identify in light-polluted skies, these constellations are easy to pick out from dark observing sites during clear moonless nights
The Cygnus constellation is bright and high in the western sky while the other stars of the Summer Triangle (Vega and Altair) are lower in the western sky 
The summer Milky Way is still visible in the western and northwestern sky (in dark skies)

Planets

Mercury is not practically observable and passes inferior conjunction with the sun during November 27
Venus shines brightly in the southeastern sky before sunrise
Mars shines brightly in the south and southwestern sky after sunset
Jupiter is not practically observable and will be in superior conjunction with the sun during November 26
Saturn will be visible low in the southwestern sky, but by December may be too close to the horizon after sunset

Moon Phases

●   New Moon November 7, 11:02 EDT
●   First Quarter November 15, 09:54 EST
●   Full Moon November 23, 00:39 EST
●   Third Quarter November 29, 19:19 EST

Noteworthy Sky Events
  • Venus climbs into the southeastern sky before sunrise and on December 3, will be below the crescent moon
  • Leonid meteor shower peak November 17/18
Sky Resources Online

Some website resources for sky charts, weekly sky events, and more information:
  • www.skymaps.com
  • www.heavens-above.com
  • www.skynews.ca
  • www.skyandtelescope.com
  • http://astrogeoguy.tumblr.com/

Some website resources for sky charts, weekly sky events, and more information:
Below is a chart of the sky as it would appear above Pickering, Ontario during evening, mid-November (courtesy of www.heavens-above.com). Custom sky charts like this can be plotted and printed at the websites www.heavens-above.com or www.skymaps.com.