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Weekly Stargazing Tips
6 years ago

Unless otherwise specified, viewing times are local time regardless of time zone, and are good for the entire Lower 48 states (and, generally, for Alaska and Hawaii). Check out last week's tips if you missed a night.

November 1

Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet, rises above the Moon a couple of hours after sunset. It looks like a brilliant cream-colored star, and it leads the Moon across the sky during the night.

November 2

Grus, the crane, and Phoenix, the mythical bird, creep low across the south this evening. Look for Fomalhaut, a bright star in a relatively empty region of the southern sky. Both constellations stand below Fomalhaut around 9 or 10 p.m.

November 3

A thin wedge of stars climbs the eastern sky on November evenings, the constellation Triangulum. It fills an otherwise dark space between the well-known constellations Aries, Perseus, and Andromeda.

November 4

Three letter-shaped constellations adorn the evening sky. In the west, look for Cygnus, the swan, which looks like the letter T. In the east, there’s Taurus, the bull, whose face resembles a V. And overhead is Cassiopeia, which looks like an M or W.

November 5

A Mayan myth says the world formed when the World Tree, represented by the Milky Way, was raised into the sky. The Great Celestial Bird landed in its branches. The bird may be represented by W-shaped Cassiopeia, which is high in the north this evening.

November 6

The Moon reaches its “last-quarter” phase at 6:36 p.m. CST. It stands at a right angle to the line from Earth to the Sun, so sunlight illuminates exactly half of the lunar hemisphere that faces our way.

November 7

The Milky Way soars high across the sky this evening. It stretches from the brilliant yellow-orange star Capella in the northeast, to the graceful outline of Cygnus, the swan, high overhead, to teapot-shaped Sagittarius in the southwest.

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