By Heather Durham | October 30, 2019
Welcome to the November 2019 edition of Celestial Seasonings! This month of sky watching is not quite as prolific as last month. However we do have many exciting events to view and ponder including the Leonids, Mercury passing over the face of the sun as well as the second moon of autumn – the Beaver Moon – which will be full on the 12th. Lets get started……
A conjunction occurs when two planets look as if they are close to one another. This date brings the Moon and Saturn as well as the Moon and Pluto into conjunction.
Taurid is an annual meteor shower coming from the comet Encke. As well, Taurid is a dwarf shower that is part of the Taurus Constellation. You might hear them referred to as Halloween Fireballs because it is autumn. Rather than being as small as dust grains, they larger like small stones or pebbles. For this reason, they can be as bright as the Moon.
Today also marks the First Quarter of the Moon.
Mercury will be at inferior solar conjunction which also means that it is passing, more or less, between the Sun and Earth. This is also known as the Transit of Mercury, meaning it passes over the Sun, blocking out a small space of the solar disk (Wikipedia, 2019)
Asteroid 4 Vesta. This type of name describes a name-number combination given to a minor planet designation.
Not only is it one of the largest designations in the asteroid belt, it is also known as the brightest asteroid visible from Earth.
The full Beaver Moon will be before us tonight.
Mercury will be at Perihelion, meaning its closest point from the sun. It’s interesting to note that the orbit of Mercury is elliptical rather than circular as others are.
On this date, we are having a Leonid Meteor Shower which tends to be quite prolific. This shower comes from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle. (in-the-sky.org, 2019)
This date brings us the Last Quarter of the Moon.
Alpha-Monocerotid. This is a reliable minor meteor shower. This one should not be confused with the one occurring next month (Wikipedia,2019).
Today the Moon and Mars appear to be close together (in conjunction).
Venus and Jupiter will be in close proximity of each other (in conjunction).
Today brings us a New Moon.
Orionid, an annual as well as prolific shower from Haley’s comet comes from the constellation Orion.
Ceres is the largest object from the main asteroid belt, it lies between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.
The Moon will be at Perihelion (its closest to the Sun).
The Moon and Saturn will look as though they are in close proximity to one another (in conjunction).
Venus and Ceres will appear to be close together (in conjunction).
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