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  Sky Calendar -- November 2009
1 Mars 0.23° NNE from center of Beehive cluster (M44) (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. +0.4.
2 Full Moon at 19:14 UT.
3 Venus 3.5° NNE from Spica (17° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.0.
4 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 5h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. Active between 25 Sept and 25 Nov. Associated with Comet 2P/Encke.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
The Southern Taurids (IMO)
5 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 8h UT. The planet passes into the evening sky.
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7h UT (368,903 km; 32.9').
8 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (99° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT.
9 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.3.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 15:56 UT.
10 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 13h UT.
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
The Northern Taurids (IMO)
12 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +1.1.
14 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 12h UT.
16 New Moon at 19:13 UT. Start of lunation 1075.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 9h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Expect about 25 to 30 meteors per hour under dark skies. Predictions of enhanced activity between 21-22h UT on 17 Nov (favours sky watchers in Asia).
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
The Leonids (IMO)
21 Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower peaks at 15:25 UT. A usually minor shower active 15-25 Nov. Radiant is near Procyon. Predictions of enhanced activity this year. Timing favours Far East Asia, Australia and across the Pacific to Alaska.
The Alpha Monocerotids (IMO)
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 404,733 km; angular size 29.7').
23 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -2.3.
24 First Quarter Moon at 21:38 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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