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  Sky Calendar -- November 2012
1 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 406,050 km; angular size 29.4').
1 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 17h UT.
2 Moon very near Jupiter (morning sky) at 1h UT. Occultation visible in South Africa and the Southern Ocean. Mag. -2.7.
Occultation of Jupiter (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
6 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (morning sky) at 9h UT.
7 Last Quarter Moon at 0:36 UT.
8 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 3h UT.
11 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. -4.0.
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. Active between 20 Oct and 10 Dec. Associated with Comet 2P/Encke. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
The Northern Taurids (IMO)
12 Moon very near Spica (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Occultation visible in Madagascar, southern Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
13 New Moon at 22:07 UT. Start of lunation 1112.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
13 Total Solar Eclipse visible from northern Australia and across South Pacific Ocean. Greatest totality (4m 02s) occurs in open ocean at 22:12 UT.
Total Solar Eclipse of 2012 Nov 13 (NASA)
Solar Eclipse of 2012 Nov 13 (PDF) (NASA)
Eclipse Guide & Live Streaming (ABC: Australia)
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (357,361 km; 33.4'). Occurs about 12 hours after New Moon so expect high tides.
16 Moon near Mars (34° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT.
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 9h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Expect up to 15 meteors per hour under dark skies.
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
17 Venus 3.8° NNE of Spica (31° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.0.
17 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 16h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
20 First Quarter Moon at 14:32 UT.
27 Venus 0.53° SSW of Saturn (29° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +0.7.
28 Moon near the Pleiades (midnight sky) at 0h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
28 Full Moon at 14:46 UT. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (very subtle).
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2012 Nov 28 (NASA)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2012 Nov 28 (PDF) (NASA)
28 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 406,362 km; angular size 29.4').
28 Moon near Aldebaran (midnight sky) at 23h UT.
29 Moon very near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 1h UT. Occultation visible in southern Africa and southern South America. Mag. -2.8.
Occultation of Jupiter (US Naval Observatory)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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