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Celestial Delights

Both an introduction to Astronomy and a calendar of upcoming celestial events to 2010, this layperson's guide forecasts and explains numerous celestial phenomena in lucid writing and easy-to-grasp diagrams. Specially written for urban skywatchers, Celestial Delights deepens our appreciation of what we see when we look up into the night sky, and inspires us to do so more often.
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  Sky Calendar -- November 2004
2 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 404,998 km; angular size 29.5').
3 Moon near Pollux at 14h UT (morning sky).
4 Moon near the Beehive cluster (M44) at 18h UT (morning sky). Binoculars provide an excellent view.
5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball. Moonlight interferes.
5 Venus 0.55° from Jupiter at 1h UT. Magnitudes -4.0 and -1.7 (34° from Sun, morning sky).
5 Last Quarter Moon at 5:53 UT.
9 Moon 0.92° from Jupiter at 17h UT (morning sky).
9 Moon, Venus, and Jupiter within a circle 4.9° diameter at 21h UT (morning sky).
10 Moon 0.25° from Venus at 1h UT (morning sky).
11 Moon 0.49° from Mars at 4h UT (morning sky).
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
12 New Moon at 14:27 UT. Beginning of lunation 1013.
13 Moon near Antares at 22h UT (morning sky).
14 Moon 0.92° from Mercury at 3h UT (21° from Sun, morning sky). Magnitude -0.32.
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (distance 362,313 km; angular size 33.0').
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 8 UT. No predictions of strong activity issued for 2004. Expect about 15 to 20 meteors per hour under best conditions.
19 First Quarter Moon at 5:50 UT.
21 Mercury at greatest elongation, 22° east from the Sun (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mercury (mag. -0.3) visible very low in the southwest about 30 minutes after sunset.
26 Moon near the Pleiades at 11h UT (midnight sky).
26 Full Moon at 20:07 UT. The full Moon of November is called the "Frosty Moon" in old almanacs.
30 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 405,953 km; angular size 29.4').
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Standard Time = UT ­ 5 hours)

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