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10/31/2013 – Ephemeris – A look ahead at the skies of November

October 30, 2013

Ephemeris for Halloween, Thursday, October 31st.  The sun will rise at 8:19.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 13 minutes, setting at 6:32.   The moon, 3 days before new, will rise at 6:07 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the skies for the month of November. Comet ISON will continue to brighten this month, but will encounter bright twilit skies as it closes in with the sun the week of Thanksgiving. I’m hoping the comet will be visible to the naked eye by mid-month.  The sun is still moving south rapidly.  Daylight hours in the Interlochen/Traverse City area and will drop from 10 hours and 10 minutes tomorrow to 9 hours 5 minutes on the 30th.  The altitude, or angle, of the sun above the southern horizon at local noon will be at 30 degrees tomorrow and will descend to 23 and a half degrees on the 30th.  The altitude of the sun in the Straits area will be a degree lower.  Local noon, this month, will be about 12:30 p.m. when standard time returns.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Star Chart

Star Chart based on 9 p.m. on November 15, 2013. Created using my program LookingUp.

The constellation abbreviations, names and bright star names are found here.

The red triangle is the Summer Triangle.  The arrow through then front of the Big Dipper point to Polaris.

The path of Comet ISON and Comet Encke for November 1st through 14th

The path of Comet ISON and Comet Encke for November 1st through 14th, 2013. Created using Cartes du Ciel. Labels contain date and predicted magnitude.  Click to enlarge.

Comet ISON will remain an early morning comet for November and most of December.
The oddball object with the skewed label is the moon.

The path of Comet ISON and Comet Encke for November 15th through 28th

The path of Comet ISON and Comet Encke for November 15th through 28th, 2013. Created using Cartes du Ciel. The planets, Sun and Moon have been removed for clarity.  Labels contain date and predicted magnitude.  Click to enlarge.

The above two images are from my program Prospects for Viewing Comet ISON to be given tomorrow night at the regular meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society starting at 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory south of Traverse City on Birmley Road.

Local school groups or clubs ca request the program by commenting to this post or emailing to info@gtastro.org.

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