Meteor Showers for November

Meteor Showers for November

November 12 @ 8:00 pmNovember 25 @ 5:00 am

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According to the latest newsletter from Wits Planetarium night sky watchers are in for a treat this month.

Meteor Shower

November is time again for the annual Leonids Meteor Shower. As the name suggests the radian comes from the constellation of Leo the lion. The parent comet for this shower is Comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, independently discovered by Ernest Temple (Dec 1865) and Horace Tuttle (Jan 1866). Comet Temple-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 33 years with its last appearance in 1998.

The shower runs from about 12 November – 25 November with the peak predicted on the morning of 17 November. We might see about 20 meteors and hour. The best time to view the Leonids is from 3am – 4am, looking in a North Easterly direction.

Moon Phases

Last Quarter: 3 Nov

New Moon: 11 Nov

First Quarter: 19 Nov

Full Moon: 26 Nov

Planets:

Saturn remains to be the only planet visible in the early evening sky in the constellation of the scorpion. In the beginning of the month Saturn sets by 8pm, but by mid-month it will be in the glare on the Sun.

Jupiter, Venus and Mars continue to give us a nice show in the pre-dawn sky.

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