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10/30/2014 – Ephemeris – Previewing November’s skies

October 30, 2014

Ephemeris for Thursday, October 30th.  The sun will rise at 8:17.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 16 minutes, setting at 6:34.   The moon, at first quarter today, will set at 12:49 tomorrow morning.

Let’s look at the skies for the month of November a couple of days early. The sun is still moving south rapidly.  Daylight hours in the Interlochen/Traverse City area and will drop from 10 hours and 11 minutes i\on the 1st  to 9 hours 6 minutes on the 30th.  The altitude, or angle, of the sun above the southern horizon at local noon will be just under 31 degrees Saturday 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 we go back to standard time this weekend.   The Leonid meteors have two possible dates this month, the 17th and the 21st.  Those on the 21st seem to be best timed for our location on the Earth.

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


Star Chart t for November 2014

Star Chart for November 2014. Created using my LookingUp program. Created using my LookingUp program.

The Moon is not plotted.  The planets and stars are plotted for the 15th at 9 p.m.  That is chart time.

Astronomical twilight ends at 7:08 p.m. on November 2nd, decreasing to 6:48 on the 31st.

Add a half hour to the chart time every week before the 15th and subtract and hour for every week after the 15th.

For a list of constellation names to go with the abbreviations click here.

Also shown is the Summer Triangle in red. Clockwise from the top star is Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in  Lyra and Altair in Aquila.

The green pointers from the Big Dipper are:

  • Pointer stars at the front of the bowl of the Big Dipper point to Polaris the North Star.
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