November 9 – 12, 2021: The moon skips past Jupiter and Saturn during the evenings of November 9, 10, 11, and 12.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
The moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are in the evening sky. During the next few evenings, the moon passes Saturn and Jupiter.
Step outside about an hour after sunset. Starting in the southwest, brilliant Venus gleams from low in the sky. Saturn, about one-third of the way up in the south, is over 30° to the upper left of Venus. Bright Jupiter is 15° to the left of Saturn. Depending on the evening, the moon is in the region. Note the star Fomalhaut, over 20° to the lower left of Jupiter.
Here’s what to look for each evening after sundown.
November 9: The moon – 33% illuminated – is over 20° to the upper left of brilliant Evening Star Venus and nearly 11° to the lower right of Saturn.
November 10: The waxing crescent moon is 6.3° to the lower left of Saturn and 12.5° to the lower right of Jupiter.
November 11: The moon is at its First Quarter phase at 6:46 a.m. CST. This evening, the slightly gibbous moon is 5.3° to the lower left of bright Jupiter.
November 12: The moon continues to wax (grow in phase) and step farther eastward. The gibbous moon – 65% illuminated – is 15.8° to the lower left of Jupiter.
Each evening, note the moon’s growing brightness, blotting out dimmer stars, and brightens the ground.
2021, November 9 – 12: The moon passes Jupiter and Saturn after sunset. The chart shows the southern sky at one hour after sunset.
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- 2023, December 24: Morning Moon, Pleiades, Antares Heliacal RisingDecember 24, 2023: The moon appears near the Pleiades star cluster during the earlier morning hours. Antares is at its first morning appearance, known as the heliacal rising.
- 2023, December 23: Check out Planet Uranus, Pleiades near MoonDecember 23, 2023: Look for the planet Uranus and the Pleiades star cluster through a binocular during nighttime hours.
- 2023, December 22: Mercury at Inferior Conjunction, Bright Jupiter, Gibbous MoonDecember 22, 2023: Mercury is between Earth and Sun, known as inferior conjunction. Jupiter and the gibbous moon are celestial companions during nighttime hours.