Monday, November 3, 2014

11Y2K+14 November Sky Notes

This month.....
Darker Skies ahead should bring sharper stars into view during night sky observing. Have a look at old M31. I can still find it with my binoculars, the spotting scope and the trusty DOB! It is still there in Andromeda! There is always the double cluster near by. I continue to spot and list sightings of the ISS and Iridium Flares too. The planet Jupiter is in Gemini and is up way after it gets dark around 10. Still better in the per dawn hours. Look for the bright planet near the moon pre dawn on November 14. Mars will float above Sagittarius after sunset in the SW on November 7th. The folks up on the TPML hill have had a few events but all were too cloudy! Clouds seem to be King this season? Looking forward to some rain and much cooler nights and days this month.....

Nov 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower Peak

The Leonids: November 16/17th and 17/18th, the meteor shower occurs near to the time of new Moon, so its light will not hinder our view, but the less good news is that the meteor shower is much weaker this year. Look after midnight as our hemisphere is facing the stream of cometary debris. The dust particles that are swept up by the Earth are released as Comet Temple-Tuttle rounds the Sun every 33 years. Although the Earth is somewhat posed out of the main clumps of cometary material from Comet 55P/Tuttle, the parent object of this debris, there is always a chance of an encounter with a secondary pocket of debris during any year. Most meteor scientists are expecting the peak for this year to be slightly before MIDNIGHT on November 17.