Astronomical events for the month of November 2017

John Christopher Amodo
PUBLISHED November 6, 2017 02:34 pm | UPDATED November 17, 2017 10:16 am
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(Inside Manila) The state weather bureau has recently released the anticipated sky events including planet whereabouts, eclipse, and moon phases for the month of November. Watch the sky at these dates.


November 4: Full moon


The full moon of November will fall on this day at 1:23 p.m. (PST).


November 5: Taurid Meteor Shower


The Taurid meteor shower, named after its radiant point in the constellation Taurus, is occurring from late October to early November, with overnight peak dates on November 10 and 11. While the “Halloween fireballs” don’t offer much shooting stars, rest assured that the few are bright and spectacular.


According to Space.com, the Taurids came from the debris of Comet Encke, a “short-term periodic comet that orbits the sun about once every 3.3 years.” While the meteorites and its actual size remain foreign to the scientists and astronomers, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said that “the comet chunks are estimated to weigh a few ounces.”


To best view the show, distance away from unnerving city lights. Relax on your back and be patient with the rare but beautiful Taurids.


November 6: Moon at Perigee


On this day at 8:10 a.m. (PST), the Moon will reach its nearest distance along its orbit to the Earth at 361,524.995 km, which will make it appear slightly larger compared to typical nights.


November 11: Moon at First Quarter


The last quarter of the moon of November will fall on this day at 4:36 a.m. (PST).


November 15: Moon-Mars Close Approach


Mars and the Moon will make a close approach and will be visible in the evening sky at 10:52 p.m. (PST). Both will lie among the background stars of the constellation Virgo, the Virgin.


It is best seen with the naked eye or through a binocular as the pair won’t be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope.


November 18: New Moon and Leonid Meteor Shower


The new moon of November will fall on this day at 7:42 p.m. (PST).


Moreover, Leonids meteor shower, named after its radiant point in the constellation Leo, is happening from 15th to 20th, with peak dates at November 17 evening to early morning the next day. During this event, around 10 meteors per hour may be observed.


Space.com further explains that the meteor shower happens every year in November when the orbit of our planet crosses the orbit of Comet Tempel-Tuttle—a comet that “makes its way around the sun every 33.3 years, leaving a trail of dust rubble in its wake.”


Compared to last year, 2017 will see a bright Leonid Meteor Shower, thanks to the Full Moon. That said, observers and astrogeeks can see a magnificent and stellar show, and special observation equipment won’t be necessary.


“Go outside, find a dark sky, lie flat on your back and look straight up,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said, “and be prepared to spend a couple of hours outside.”


November 22: Moon at Apogee


On this day, the Moon will reach its farthest distance along its orbit to the Earth at 406,081.291 km. It will appear slightly smaller at 2:53 a.m. (PST) compared to typical nights.


November 23: Mercury at its brightest


Mercury is forecast to reach its brightest at mag -0.4 but will be hardly seen in the sky due to its location, which is no higher than 13° above the horizon.


November 27: Moon at Last Quarter


The last quarter of the moon of November will fall on this day at 1:03 a.m. (PST).

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