Sunday, November 1, 2015

Last week's pics and upcoming sky events for this week

It's a typical Nov 1 day here in NS....cloudy,light rain and temp at +8.5C on  my thermometer.At least it's calm.
Monday to Friday are expected to be decently clear so will have to try to get out with the camera and shoot some pics.Also working on a camera/telescope setup....preliminary tests were OK and will do some test streams on Ustream this week.Follow my Twitter feed to be notified when it's online.

My pics from last week of the planetary alignment and the full 'Hunter's' moon.Awesome that Venus was bright enough to see well after sunrise.

In the sky this week:
November 2: More Mars and Venus
The orange planet Mars stands close to the upper left of Venus, the “morning star,” at first light tomorrow. Jupiter, which is second only to Venus in brightness, is well above them.

November 3: Planetary Nebulae
A doppelganger of the planet Saturn floats down the southwestern sky on November evenings. Through a telescope, it looks like Saturn seen with its rings nearly edge-on. Yet the Saturn Nebula is really the brilliant final gasp of a dying star.

November 4: California Nebula
The constellation Perseus is in the northeast in mid evening. A cloud of gas known as the California Nebula stands near its southern tip. The nebula, which is just visible through small telescopes, resembles the outline of California.

November 5: Moon and Jupiter
The solar system puts on a show the next few mornings as the Moon slides past the planets Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. First up is Jupiter, the largest planet. It’s close to the left or upper left of the Moon tomorrow, and looks like a brilliant star.

November 6: Moon and Companions
There’s a beautiful conjunction in tomorrow’s early morning sky. The crescent Moon huddles close to the planets Venus and Mars, with Jupiter standing above them. Venus is the “morning star,” with Mars a little above it.

November 7: Busy Galaxy
The Milky Way arches high across the sky this evening. As night falls, its hazy band stretches from the teapot of Sagittarius in the southwest, through the swan overhead, to W-shaped Cassiopeia in the northeast. You need dark skies to see it.

November 8: Moon and Spica
Spica, the leading light of Virgo, stands close to the lower right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. Spica consists of two stars that are locked in a tight orbit around each other. Each is a good bit hotter, brighter, and more massive than the Sun.

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