November 2012

Monthly Sky Watch from:  The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Here are the monthly sky watch highlights. Each month, we share the wonders of the universe to help you explore the night sky from your own backyard. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)
November 2012

by Bob Berman, as featured in
The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac

Jupiter stands above the Moon on the 1st, rises soon after nightfall, remains out all night, and reaches its maximum brightness of the year by month’s end. The path of this year’s total solar eclipse travels from Cairns, Australia eastward across the South Pacific Ocean on the 13th. The Moon hovers above the low and dim Mars on the 16th, and is very close to Jupiter in a beautiful conjunction on the 28th. Meanwhile in the east before dawn, Venus rises 2 hours before sunrise, hovers to the left of the crescent Moon on the 11th, and reaches its minimum brightness by month’s end. Venus and returning Saturn form a very close pre-dawn conjunction on the mornings of the 26th and 27th.

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