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.
March 3, 2022: Brilliant Venus and Mars approach their third conjunction in a series. The crescent moon returns to the evening’s western sky.Keep reading