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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 2003
1 First Quarter Moon at 4:25 UT.
3 Moon near Mars at 11h UT (evening sky). Mars mag. ­1.1.
5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
9 Full Moon at 1:13 UT. The full Moon of November is called the "Frosty Moon" in old almanacs.
9 Total Lunar Eclipse begins at 1:06 UT and ends at 1:31 UT. Partial phases begin at 23:32 UT (Nov. 8) and end at 3:04 UT. During totality the Moon will be red-orange in color (the Earth's shadow). Favors skywatchers in Europe and Africa. In the Americas the event occurs on the evening of November 8.
10 Moon near the Pleiades at 6h UT (morning sky).
10 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 406,301 km; angular size 29.4').
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
13 Leonid meteor shower peak at 17:17 UT. The first of two predicted peaks this year (see below).
13 Moon near Saturn at 20h UT (morning sky).
15 Moon near the Beehive cluster (M44) at 20h UT (morning sky). Binoculars provide excellent view.
17 Last Quarter Moon at 4:15 UT.
18 Moon near Jupiter at 19h UT (morning sky).
19 Leonid meteor shower peak at 7:28 UT. Arising from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. The more impressive of two shower peaks this year. Lasts only an hour or two. Expect about a meteor a minute.
23 New Moon at 22:59 UT. Beginning of lunation 1001.
23 Total Solar Eclipse visible from parts of Antarctica. Partial phases visible from Australia, New Zealand.
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23h UT (distance 356,812 km; angular size 33.5').
25 Moon very close to Mercury at 3h UT (17° from Sun, evening sky).
25 Moon close to Venus at 18h UT (25° from Sun, evening sky).
30 First Quarter Moon at 17:16 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Standard Time = UT ­ 5 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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