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  Sky Calendar -- November 2006
1 Moon very near Uranus at 7h UT (evening sky). Mag. +5.7. Occultation visible from New Zealand and Fiji.
Bright Planet Occultations for 2006 (IOTA)
1 Mercury 3.2° from Jupiter at 8h UT (16° from Sun, evening sky). Magnitudes +1.4 and -1.7.
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 24h UT (360,596 km; 33.1').
5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
5 Full Moon at 12:58 UT. The full Moon of November is called the "Frosty Moon" or "Beaver Moon". As the next full Moon after the Harvest Moon it is also called the "Hunter's Moon".
6 Moon near the Pleiades at 16h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
8 Transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN--IT WILL INSTANTLY DAMAGE YOUR EYES. Observers require a safe Sun filter attached securely to the front of their telescope to see Mercury's tiny disk pass in front of the Sun. The event will be visible from most of Asia, Australia, Pacific, and North and South America. Observers in the Americas will view the event in the afternoon before sunset. Transit begins at 19:12 UT; mid-transit at 21:41 UT; ends at 0:08 UT (Nov 9). Next transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016.
2006 Transit of Mercury (NASA)
Mercury's Day in the Sun (Sky & Telescope)
Mercury transit photo (Kym Thalassoudis)
10 Moon near Pollux at 14h UT (morning sky).
11 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 17h UT (102° from Sun, morning sky).
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
12 Last Quarter Moon at 17:45 UT.
13 Moon near Saturn at 2h UT (morning sky).
13 Moon near Regulus at 14h UT (morning sky).
15 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 23h UT (distance 405,194 km; angular size 29.5').
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 21h UT. Expect about 10 to 15 meteors per hour under ideal conditions although higher rates may prevail, including another peak forecast for 4:45 UT on November 19.
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Return of the Leonids (NASA)
Listen to Radio Meteors live! (USAF Radar)
19 Moon near Mercury at 8h UT (18° from Sun, morning sky).
20 New Moon at 22:18 UT. Beginning of lunation 1038.
25 Mercury at greatest elongation, 20° west from Sun (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -0.5, low in the east-southeast.
28 First Quarter Moon at 6:29 UT.
28 Moon very near Uranus at 16h UT (evening sky). Mag. +5.8. Occultation visible from Southeast Asia.
Bright Planet Occultations for 2006 (IOTA)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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