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  Sky Calendar -- November 2019
2 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. 0.6. Occ. Auckland, NZ.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
4 First Quarter Moon at 10:22 UT.
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 405,058 km; angular size 29.5').
10 Venus 3.9° N of Antares (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 1.0.
10 Mars 2.8° NNE of Spica (24° from Sun, morning sky) at 9h UT. Mags. 1.8 and 1.0.
11 Transit of Mercury across 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 safely observe Mercury's tiny disk pass in front of the Sun. The event will be visible from most of Earth except central and eastern Asia, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. Transit begins at 12:35 UT; mid-transit at 15:20 UT; ends at 18:04 UT. The next transit of Mercury will occur on November 13 2032.
Transit of Mercury (Wikipedia)
Transit of Mercury (Eclipse Wise)
11 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 15h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
12 Full Moon at 13:36 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 11h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 4h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
17 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 23h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10−15 meteors per hour under dark skies. Moonlight will interfere.
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
Leonids Over Monument Valley (APOD)
18 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 12h UT.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 21:12 UT.
20 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 2h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7:42 UT (366,716 km; angular size 32.6').
24 Venus 1.4° S of Jupiter (26° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mags. −3.9 and −1.8.
24 Moon near Mars (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 1.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
26 New Moon at 15:07 UT. Start of lunation 1199.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
28 Mercury at greatest elongation west (20° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −0.5.
28 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 4.3° (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mags. −3.9 and −1.8.
28 Moon near Venus (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. −3.9.
Venus (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 0.6.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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