You’ve heard of the Big Dipper’s “pointer” stars? You can use them to find the star Capella, too.
Posts by Bruce McClure
Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings.
The Northern Crown – a C-shaped group of stars – glitters above the western horizon after dusk, and above the eastern horizon before dawn.
Almach looks like a single star to the eye and like a colorful double star through a telescope. But today we know Almach as four stars.
Sky is moon-free for 2014 Leonid shower on the mornings of November 17 and 18. This is a post-midnight shower! Mornings, not evenings, are the time to watch.
The peak nights for the 2014 Leonid meteor shower come on November 16-17 and 17-18.
Every November, use the Great Square in Pegasus to visualize looking southward from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.
Both the moon and planet Jupiter reach what is called “western quadrature” on the same date: November 14. No wonder Jupiter is near the moon around now!
Frosty November is often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – sometimes called the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.
Starting on the night of November 12-13, 2014, watch the waning moon as it sweeps past the brightest planet up there this month, Jupiter.