Thursday, November 1, 2012

Upcoming Space Events in November 2012

November 13New Moon
The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth.

November 13Total Solar Eclipse
The path of totality will only be visible in parts of extreme northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most parts of eastern Australia and New Zealand.

November 17, 18Leonids Meteor Shower
The Leonids is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. The last of these occurred in 2001. The shower usually peaks on November 17 & 18, but you may see some meteors from November 13 - 20. The crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight, and be sure to find a dark location for viewing.

November 27Conjunction of Venus and Saturn
 These two bright planets will be within 1 degree of each other in the morning sky. Look to the east around sunrise.

November 28Full Moon
The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth.

November 28Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and North America.

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