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The Night Sky in November

Nature volume 142, pages 789790 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE moon is full on November 7 at 22.4h and new on November 22 at 0.lh U.T. On November 7, there will occur a total eclipse of the moon under favourable conditions—given fine weather—for observation in Great Britain. Contact of the umbra with the moon's limb at position angle 94° from the north point, measured towards the east, occurs at 20h 41m ; total eclipse begins at 21h 45m and ends at 23h 8m ; the moon leaves the umbra at 0h 12m November 8, the position angle of the last contact being 243°. Lunar conjunctions with the planets occur on November ld 19h (Jupiter): 5d 18h (Saturn) 18d 18h (Mars): 23d 21h (Mercury) and 29d 8h (Jupiter). There is a conjunction of Mercury and Venus on November 8, but both planets set very shortly after the sun. As the sky darkens, Jupiter is seen as a very bright object rather low near the meridian. Saturn souths shortly after 21h in mid-November. Mars is a morning star rising at 31/2h ; on November 28, the planet passes 3° north of Spica. Uranus, in the constellation Aries, is in opposition on November 8, its distance from the earth being nearly 1,736 millions of miles. The Leonid meteors should be looked for on November 15-16: the x Taurids on November 14-16 and the Andromedids from November 17 to 23. The light change of the variable star, Algol, should be seen about one and a half hours before and after the following times of primary minima: November 9d 6.0h: 12d 2.8h: 14d 23.6h: 17a 20.4h: 20d 17.2h and 29d 07.7h.

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