11/02/2015 – Ephemeris – Previewing November Skies
Ephemeris for Monday, November 2nd. The Sun will rise at 7:21. It’ll be up for 10 hours and 8 minutes, setting at 5:30. The Moon, 1 day before last quarter, will rise at 11:27 this evening.
November snuck up on us yesterday with the time change and everything. So let’s reconnoiter and look what November will bring us in the skies. The time change back to standard time set us back an hour on sunrise and sunset times, so it’s brighter in the morning and darker in the evening. Out east in New York, the Sun is already setting before 5 p.m. It will never set that early here. The Sun is up for 10 hours 8 minutes today and that will dwindle down to 9 hours and 5 minutes at month’s end. The Sun reaches 30 and a half angular degrees above the southern horizon at local apparent solar noon, which is 12:25 p.m. today. We will officially lose Saturn as the evening planet later this month, but it’s all but invisible now. Venus, Jupiter and Mars are seen in the morning.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The planets and stars are plotted for the 15th at 9 p.m. EST. That is chart time. Note, Traverse City is located 45 minutes behind our time meridian. To duplicate the star positions on a planisphere you may have to set it to 45 minutes earlier than the current time.
Evening astronomical twilight ends at 7:10 p.m. EST on November 1st, decreasing to 6:48 p.m. EST on the 30th.
Morning astronomical twilight starts at 5:41 a.m. EST on November 1st, and increasing to 6:14 a.m. EST on the 30th.
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.
- Pointer stars at the front of the bowl of the Big Dipper point to Polaris the North Star.
- The Summer Triangle is shown in red.
Calendar of Planetary Events
Credit: Sky Events Calendar by Fred Espenak and Sumit Dutta (NASA’s GSFC)
To generate your own calendar go to http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SKYCAL/SKYCAL.html
Times are Eastern Daylight Time on a 24 hour clock. Some additions made to aid clarity.
Conjunctions like the Venus-Regulus: 2.5° S means Venus will appear 2.5° South of Regulus.
Date Local Event Time EST Nov 01 Su Venus: 46.3° W 03 Tu 2:20 a.m. Venus-Mars: 0.7° N 03 Tu 7:24 a.m. Last Quarter 05 Th 6:04 p.m. South Taurid Shower: ZHR = 10 06 Fr 10:49 a.m. Moon-Jupiter: 2.5° N 07 Sa 4:56 a.m. Moon-Mars: 2° N 07 Sa 8:54 a.m. Moon-Venus: 1.4° N 07 Sa 10:53 a.m. Moon Ascending Node 07 Sa 4:48 p.m. Moon Apogee: 405700 km 11 We 12:47 p.m. New Moon 12 Th 5:20 p.m. North Taurid Shower: ZHR = 15 14 Sa 7:39 p.m. Moon South Dec.: 18.3° S 17 Tu 9:45 a.m. Mercury Superior Conj. 17 Tu 11:38 p.m. Leonid Shower: ZHR = 15 19 Th 1:27 a.m. First Quarter 21 Sa 8:56 a.m. Moon Descending Node 23 Mo 3:06 p.m. Moon Perigee: 362800 km 25 We 5:44 p.m. Full Moon 26 Th 4:33 a.m. Moon-Aldebaran: 0.7° S Occultation* 27 Fr 3:13 p.m. Moon North Dec.: 18.4° N 29 Su 2:20 p.m. Venus-Spica: 4.2° N 29 Su 6:31 p.m. Saturn Conjunction with the Sun Dec 01 Tu Venus: 43.3° W
* The occultation will be visible in northern US, Canada, eastern Siberia. In the Grand Traverse area of Michigan the occultation starts around 5:38 a.m. and ends arpund 6:29 a.m. Note that the actual time depends on your exact location.
The Occultation map is here.