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  Sky Calendar -- November 2008
1 Moon near Venus at 8h UT (37° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. -4.0.
2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 5h UT (distance 405,724 km; angular size 29.5').
3 Moon near Jupiter at 23h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.1.
5 Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. Active between September 25 and November 25. Associated with Comet 2P/Encke. Predicted "swarm" event in 2008 may produce several very bright fireballs.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
6 First Quarter Moon at 4:03 UT.
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball. Moonlight interferes.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
13 Full Moon at 6:17 UT. The full Moon of November is called the Frosty Moon or Beaver Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades at 21h UT (midnight sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (358,971 km; 33.3').
15 Venus at greatest declination South (-25.6°) at 1h UT. Visible high in the WSW after sunset.
Declination (Wikipedia)
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 9h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Expect about 10 to 15 meteors per hour under dark sky conditions. Severe moonlight interference this year.
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 (IMO)
17 Moon near Pollux at 9h UT (morning sky).
18 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 9h UT (109° from Sun, morning sky).
19 Last Quarter Moon at 21:31 UT.
20 Moon near Regulus at 1h UT (morning sky).
21 Moon near Saturn at 14h UT (morning sky). Mag. +1.0.
24 Moon near Spica at 6h UT (morning sky).
25 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 17h UT. Mercury passes into the evening sky.
27 New Moon at 16:55 UT. Start of lunation 1063.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
29 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 406,480 km; angular size 29.4').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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