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2019, November 1-10: Sky Events, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Moon

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Before Sunrise

Look to the southeast, about one hour before sunrise for Mars.  It’s not bright but moving eastward among the stars of Virgo.  On November 1, it is to the lower right of the star Theta Virginis. Watch it move away from the star during the next few mornings. About 45 minutes before sunrise begin looking for Spica, the brightest star in VIrgo, low in the east-southeast. It is near its heliacal rising. What is the first day you can see it at this time interval without a binocular?

Around November 5, begin looking for Mars approaching the star Spica. By November 10 about one hour before sunrise, Mars, 10° up in the east-southeast, passes 2.8° to the upper left of Spica.

After Sunset

Brilliant Venus continues to slowly climb into the evening sky ahead of passing Jupiter later this month and Saturn in December.  Locate it in the southwest about 40 minutes after sunset.  It is low, so you’ll need a good view of the horizon.  On November 1, the crescent moon is near Saturn.  As the month progresses, the moon grows in phase and moves away from the bright evening planets.

The moon is at its First Quarter phase on November 4.

After the moon leaves the area of the planets it moves into dimmer star fields.

Share with us what you observe in the sky in our comments section.

Day-by-Day Semi-Technical Description of Events

(The daily notes were first published in the Observer, the Newsletter of the Twin Cities Amateur Astronomers.)

These notes describe events for each day:

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