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11/01/2016 – Ephemeris – Previewing November evening and morning skies

November 1, 2016

Ephemeris for Tuesday, November 1st.  The Sun will rise at 8:21.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 9 minutes, setting at 6:30.  The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 8:03 this evening.

The month of November is one early sunsets, especially with the return to standard time next Sunday, and shortening of day light hours.  Daylight hours will decrease from 10 hours 9 minutes today to 9 hours 4 minutes at month end.    The altitude of the sun above the southern horizon at local noon, which will drop from 31 degrees to 23½ degrees over the month.  Apparent local noon this month will be around 12:30 p.m. once the time change happens.  The sunset time on the 30th will be only 2 minutes later than the earliest sunset of the year.    The sunrise time on the 30th will have 22 minutes to go to the latest sunrise.  The Leonid meteor shower will have a peak on the 17th, but the bright Moon will interfere with it.

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


November Star Charts

November evening star chart

Evening Star Chart for November 2016. Created using my LookingUp program. To enlarge in Firefox right-click on image then click View image.



Since the night time hours are lengthening I’ve decided to add a morning star chart .

November morning star chart

Morning Star Chart for November 2016. Created using my LookingUp program. To enlarge in Firefox right-click on image then click View image.

The planets and stars are plotted for the 15th at 9 p.m. EST, and again at 6 a.m.  Those are chart times.  Note, Traverse City is located approximately 45 minutes behind our time meridian.  (An hour 45 minutes behind our daylight saving time meridian. during EDT and 45 minutes behind our daylight standard time meridian. during EST).  We start the month on daylight time (UT – 4 hours) then fall back to standard time (UT – 5 hours) on the 6th at 2 a.m.  To duplicate the star positions on a planisphere you may have to set it to 1:45 or 0:45  earlier than the current time if you were near your time meridian.

Evening nautical twilight ends at 7:35 p.m. EDT on the 1st, decreasing to 6:13 p.m. EST on the 30th.

Morning nautical twilight starts at 7:16 a.m. EDT on the 1st, and drops an hour on the 6th, and then increases again to 6:50 a.m. EST on the 30th.

Add a half hour to the chart time every week before the 15th and subtract a half 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
  • Follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper to the star Arcturus, and
  • Straighten to a spike to Spica
  • The Summer Triangle is outlined in red.  Vega in Lyra (Lyr), Deneb in Cygnus (Cyg) and Altair in Aquila (Aql).

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 Time.

    Date    Time    Event
 Nov 01 Tu          Venus: 37.7° E
    02 We  2:38 pm Moon-Saturn: 4.1° S
    04 Fr  8:04 am Moon South Dec.: 18.7° S
    05 Sa 12:13 am South Taurid Shower: ZHR = 10
    06 Su  2:00 am Eastern Standard Tim starts
    07 Mo  2:51 pm First Quarter
    09 We 10:57 am Moon Descending Node
    11 Fr 11:29 pm North Taurid Shower: ZHR = 15
    14 Mo  6:23 am Moon Perigee: 356500 km
    14 Mo  8:52 am Full Moon (Super Moon)
    15 Tu 11:50 am Moon-Aldebaran: 0.4° S
    17 Th  4:32 am Moon North Dec.: 18.8° N
    17 Th  5:47 am Leonid Shower: ZHR = 15
    21 Mo  3:33 am Last Quarter
    21 Mo  5:08 am Moon-Regulus: 1.4° N
    21 Mo  9:48 pm Moon Ascending Node
    23 We  1:48 pm Mercury-Saturn: 3.4° N
    24 Th  8:47 pm Moon-Jupiter: 2.1° S
    27 Su  3:08 pm Moon Apogee: 406600 km
    29 Tu  7:18 am New Moon
Dec 01 Th          Venus: 43.2° E
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