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What To Watch For In The Night time Sky This Week: November 1-7, 2021
If there are clear skies this week then get outdoors for some splendid views of a wonderful crescent Moon. In addition to exhibiting us its delicately-lit limb, the crescent Moon will, for one night solely, be in conjunction with the planet Venus. The opposite inside planet, Mercury, can also be seen this week simply earlier than dawn.
If you happen to’re attending to know the evening sky and need to spend extra time outdoors studying the evening sky, you’re in luck as a result of the tip of this week sees the tip of daylight financial savings time in North America (it ceases at 2 a.m. on Sunday). Cue longer, darker and, sure, colder nights.
Monday, November 1, 2021: Mercury near Spica
If you happen to’re up early this morning take a look to the east-southeast earlier than the Solar rises for a view of the tiny planet Mercury about 4° from shiny star Spica, the brightest star within the constellation of Virgo.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Waning crescent Moon, Mercury and Spica
One other early begin? If that’s the case, the gorgeous sight of a waning crescent Moon, now simply 3%-lit, will look like about 6º to the higher proper of the planet Mercury within the east-southeast pre-dawn evening sky. Spica will likely be close by to type a fleeting celestial triangle.
Thursday, November 4, 2021: New Moon, Diwali/Deepavali and the South Taurids meteor bathe
The Hindi faith’s Diwali/Deepavali peaks tonight and it’s no coincidence there’s a darkish, moonless sky (the New Moon is at 5:15 p.m. EDT) for this “Pageant of Lights.” A lunar pageant celebrating the triumph of sunshine over darkish, it’s however clever to get away from the celebrations’ candles and lights to gaze on the evening sky because the day attracts to a detailed.
Round midnight and into the early hours of Friday the height of the South Taurids meteor bathe is predicted. Depend on about 5 or 10 “taking pictures stars” an hour (typically together with some super-bright “fireballs”) from mud and particles left within the inside Photo voltaic System by Asteroid 2004 TG10.
The Taurids is an uncommon show of “taking pictures stars” as a result of there are two peaks—the North Taurids peak subsequent week.
Friday, November 5, 2021: A slim crescent Moon and Uranus at opposition
Being far-off and faint, Uranus could be very onerous to see with none optical support, however with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope it’s potential to glimpse its blue-green disk.
Your finest probability of the 12 months is “opposition,” when Earth is between Uranus and the Solar. That occurs tonight, with the seventh planet from the Solar shining at a magnitude of 5.7 all evening.
Saturday, November 6, 2021: Crescent Moon near Antares
Look to the southwestern sky simply after sundown this night and also you’ll see a 6%-lit crescent Moon about 4° from Antares, a pink supergiant star that appears reddish—strive squinting barely at it.
Sunday, November 7, 2021: Crescent Moon and Venus in conjunction as DST ends
If you happen to’re within the US then flip your clocks again one hour at 2 a.m. native time at this time. Simply after it will get darkish, look to the west-southwest and also you’ll be greeted, if skies are clear, by the stunning sight of the intense planet Venus not 3º from a wonderful 13%-lit crescent Moon.
Object of the week: ‘Earthshine’ on the waxing crescent Moon
For a couple of nights every month the refined spectacle of “Earthshine” on our pure satellite tv for pc is well seen to everybody on the planet. Be outdoors after sundown from Thursday and, as tt will get darker you’ll possible discover gentle on the waxing crescent Moon’s darkish limb. That’s daylight mirrored from the Earth again on to the Moon.
Wishing you clear skies and vast eyes.