Wednesday, November 30
First Quarter Moon happens at 9:27 A.M. EST, when the lunar floor seems precisely 50 % lit. A number of hours later, at 7 P.M. EST, the Moon passes 1.2° north of asteroid 3 Juno in Aquarius. Use a telescope to see in the event you can spot the main-belt world’s Ninth-magnitude glow amid the glare from the Moon.
However the actual star of tonight’s skies is the Crimson Planet, Mars. Earth’s neighbor makes its closest strategy to us at 9 P.M. EST, reaching some extent simply 50.6 million miles (81.4 million kilometers) away. That’s roughly half the typical distance between Earth and the Solar.
Mars resides in Taurus and is nicely above the japanese horizon for many observers by that point. You’ll find it glowing at magnitude –1.8 simply 5.3° southwest of Elnath, the Bull’s extra western horn tip.
Now could be the time to picture Mars in the event you’re in a position — the planet stretches 17″ throughout and can keep this dimension for a short while, at the very least by way of opposition in simply over per week. Each of its polar caps are seen, in addition to a number of floor options (if the mud of the stormy season getting underway isn’t too thick). Round midnight within the Midwest, Syrtis Main and Hellas ought to stand roughly in the midst of the disk. As a result of the planet is so close to opposition, you may take pleasure in it from nightfall till daybreak, because it rises and units roughly reverse the Solar from our viewpoint.
Dawn: 7:02 A.M.
Sundown: 4:35 P.M.
Moonrise: 12:59 P.M.
Moon Part: Waxing gibbous (52%)
Thursday, December 1
The Moon is hustling by way of the sky, first passing 3° south of Neptune at 8 A.M. EST after which slipping 3° south of Jupiter at 8 P.M. EST. Since we’ve visited the latter already this week, let’s benefit from the photo voltaic system’s most distant planet tonight, which hangs excessive in northeastern Aquarius, forming a triangle with the Moon (now 5.5° to Neptune’s east an hour after sundown) and Jupiter, some 3.3° north-northeast of our satellite tv for pc.
Neptune glows a dim magnitude 7.9 and would require binoculars or a small scope to select. It sits between two Seventh-magnitude discipline stars, aiding in its identification. The ice big’s disk seems simply 2″throughout — examine that with Jupiter’s blazingly brilliant (magnitude –2.6) 43″-wide face! Jupiter will not be solely bigger than Neptune, it’s additionally a lot nearer, which boosts its obvious dimension significantly. Neptune and Jupiter seem simply over 6° aside early this month; they are going to transfer slowly aside and attain a separation of about 8° by the top of the 12 months.
Dawn: 7:03 A.M.
Sundown: 4:35 P.M.
Moonrise: 1:25 P.M.
Moonset: 12:08 A.M.
Moon Part: Waxing gibbous (63%)
Friday, December 2
Saturn’s massive moon Titan has progressed in its orbit, now showing due south of Saturn round 8 P.M. EST this night. Nearer to the planet and its rings are a number of of its smaller, fainter moons, together with Tethys, Rhea, and Dione. Dim Hyperion, practically fifteenth magnitude, sits some 3° due west — solely seen for these with massive scopes or taking long-exposure images.
Additionally seen in Capricornus tonight is the globular cluster M30. Situated 7.5° southeast of Saturn and 6.3° south of Nashira (Gamma [γ] Capricorni), this dense ball of stars has a complete magnitude of about 7.2. Protecting about 12′, M30 seems to have a dense core and pretty sparse outskirts. Because of this, most of its gentle is concentrated within the middle, making it simple to identify and enjoyable to discern element inside. It’s an ideal goal for even a small scope, so take a while and revel in this historical object.
Dawn: 7:04 A.M.
Sundown: 4:35 P.M.
Moonrise: 1:48 P.M.
Moonset: 1:17 A.M.
Moon Part: Waxing gibbous (73%)
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