A solar eclipse, both inner planets at greatest elongation, and a visit by a comet are part of this month's lineup. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending November 2, 2013
This is an exciting month, especially for morning sky watchers. And if Comet ISON puts on a good enough show, it will be even more so. You never know what comets will do, so you’ll just have to watch the show and find out.
November starts with Venus at greatest elongation in the evening sky. It’s separated from the sun by 47.1°. The planet is rather far south, so southern hemisphere observers get the best view. It will be up about three hours after sunset from about 25° south. In the northern hemisphere, you can see it for an hour and a half.
Jupiter rises in late evening just below Gemini. Last month, the big planet passed close by the star Wasat. This month, it’s heading back like a person who passes a grocery store and turns around remembering he should have stopped to buy some milk. Jupiter will be almost as close to Wasat in early December as it was in early October. The ...