November’s dawn dance of planets and Leonid meteor shower

By Mario Carr

October’s grouping of Mars, Venus and Jupiter in the eastern dawn sky continues in early November.

Mars and Venus meet on November 2 and 3. Mars then climbs higher while Venus drops towards the Sun. On November 6, the crescent Moon is close to Jupiter by only 2 degrees.

On November 7, Mars and Venus group for a grand finale in the morning sky. The Moon will only be 2.5 degrees below Venus and 3.5 degrees below Mars. All these events should look spectacular through binoculars.

Here are November stargazer events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.

Planet watching

Mercury appears in the morning sky for a few days at the beginning of the month. Venus is bright in the dawn sky. Jupiter rises in the east after midnight and Mars rises around 3 a.m. Saturn disappears into the evening twilight sky mid-month moving behind the Sun on November 30. Uranus can be seen in the evening sky. Neptune can be seen in the early evening sky setting near midnight.

November 1 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back by an hour since standard time begins.

November 13 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers General meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m., Spectator Building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. Guest speaker will be retired McMaster University professor Peter Sutherland, who will discuss Testing Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (Gravity). Free admission, door prizes and everybody is welcome. An optional food bank donation of non-perishable goods will be collected and appreciated.

November 17 – The Leonid Meteor shower peaks as Leo rises around midnight. It’s best seen from a dark location and you could see 10-20 meters per hour. This year, it occurs under ideal conditions without the glare of moonlight. The Moon sets at 10:30 p.m.

November 20 – Want to buy a telescope for yourself or as a Christmas gift? Come to the Fall Scope Clinic, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Spectator Building 44 Frid St, Hamilton. Free admission and everyone is welcome. This is your opportunity to talk with amateur astronomer to learn about this hobby.

November 25 – This month’s Full Moon is called the Beaver Moon.

For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.

Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at mariocarr@cogeco.ca. Twitter: @MarioCCarr

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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