Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

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Our Mission.............................
To educate & promote astronomy in order to preserve the dark skies of the California Desert and everywhere for future generations.

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November 2nd
Be sure to check out how the brightest planet Venus is to fainter and redder Mars. About a week ago, on October 26, it was Venus and Jupiter in conjunction in the east before dawn. On November 3, Venus will have a conjunction with the red planet Mars in the predawn hours, with Jupiter hovering over these two planets. 

Even as the morning dawn is lighting the sky when you get outside, you should have little trouble spotting dazzling Venus and brilliant Jupiter, the third-brightest and fourth-brightest celestial bodies,  after the sun and moon of course. If you are up before dawn, let's say, 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise, check out Mars.  If you have binoculars, be sure to aim them at Venus to see the red planet. You’ll see Venus and Mars within a single binocular field for days to come. You won’t want to miss this early morning dance of the moon and planets throughout the whole first week of November. The sky chart below gives you some idea of what to expect.
November 6-7 
See the waning crescent moon near Regulus on the mornings of November 4 and 5. Then watch for the moon to meet up with Jupiter on November 6 and Venus on November 7.

November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower. 

The Taurids are a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. What makes this meteor shower so unusual is that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the night of November 5. The second quarter moon will block out all but the brightest meteors this year.  If you are patient, you may still be able to catch a few good ones. The best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky along with some early Leonids.


November 11 - New Moon.
The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 17:47 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower.
The Leonids are an average shower, producing an up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and the morning of the 18th. 

The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for what could be a good show. The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
November 25 - Full  Bever or Frosty Moon. 
The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 22:44 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon.

                    October's Full Hunters Moon 

                             Photo Credit Valeree Woodard

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"Ask not what dark skies can do for you, rather,
Ask what you can do for dark skies."

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November 2-11

The Globe at Night dates for 2015 have just been released! They will be:
January 11-20
February 9-18
March 11-20
April 9-18
May 9-18
June 8-17
July 7-16
August 5-14
September 3-12
October 3-12
November 2-11
December 2-11

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Last updated November 3, 2015