November 2018

Sky Report - November 2018

By Dr. Bob Doyle, Emeritus Faculty
Dr. Doyle taught and was Planetarium Director at Frostburg State University for over 40 years

First Quarter of November (Nov 1-7)

Local sunrise is about 6:45 a.m. with sunset about 5:10 p.m. (All times are EST.) Daily sunlight lasts 10.4 hours. The sun is in Libra. The morning moon shrinks from half full to a narrow crescent, last seen at dawn on November 5. The bashful planet Mercury may be seen low in the West Northwest at 5:40 p.m. The bright planet Jupiter also may be seen to the right of Mercury. The moon’s motion carries it from the morning to the evening side of the sun on November 7. The yellowish planet Mars peaks in the South around 7 p.m. The planet Saturn may be seen at dusk in the Southwest, setting about 8:45 p.m. By 10 p.m., the star group Orion with his three star belt can be seen low in the East. To the left and above Orion is Taurus, the Bull with its bright orange star Aldebaran and the charming 7 Sisters star cluster.

Second Quarter of November (Nov 8-15)

Local sunrise is about 6:55 a.m. with sunset about 5:05 p.m. Daily sunlight lasts 10.1 hours. The sun is in Libra. The evening moon grows from a crescent to half full on November 15. Mid November is a great time to spot the moon’s craters and elevations with a telescope. Along the left edge of the moon, the sun there is rising, lighting up the crater rims and raised areas. On the evening of November 8, the planet Mercury appears close the bright reddish star Antares very low in the 5:40 p.m. southwestern dusk. You may also spot the bright planet Jupiter to the right. On November 11, the crescent moon appears above the planet Saturn in the 6 p.m. southwestern dusk. On November 15, the moon appears to the right of the planet Mars in the early evening. By 9:30 p.m., the star group Orion with his three star belt can be seen low in the East.

Third Quarter of November (Nov 16-23)

Local sunrise is about 7:05 a.m. with sunset about 5 p.m. Daily sunlight lasts 9.9 hours. The sun is in eastern Libra, but will move into the Scorpion on November 23. The moon grows to full on the night of November 22-23. The brilliant planet Venus may be seen low in the East Southeast around 6 a.m. In the evening sky, the planets Mars and Saturn can be seen at dusk. Saturn in the Southwest sets before 8 p.m. while Mars in the Southern evening sky sets in the West about midnight. The brilliant winter evening star groups are on display in the 9 p.m. southeastern sky, including Orion and Taurus. Orion’s three star belt points up and to the right to the bright orange star Aldebaran, marking the eye of the Bull.

Last Quarter of November (Nov 24-30)

Local sunrise is about 7:10 a.m. with sunset about 4:55 p.m. Daily sunlight lasts 9.7 hours. At the end of November, the sun moves from the Scorpion into Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. The remaining evening planets are Saturn and Mars. Saturn sets in the Southwest about 7 p.m. Mars peaks in the South about 6:30 p.m. and sets in the West just before midnight. The brilliant planet Venus is a glorious sight at dawn, rising about 5:15 a.m. In the last hour of the evening all the bright evening stars of winter can be seen. Orion’s three star belt points down and to the left to Sirius, the night’s brightest star. Sirius is also the closest night star seen from most of the U.S. states at a distance of 8.6 light years.

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