The Sky This Month: November÷December 2003

Upcoming Events:

Nov 8

Sat

8:13pm

Full Moon, total lunar eclipse

Nov 13

Thu

2pm

Saturn 5” S of Moon

Nov 13

Thu

3pm

N. Taurid meteors peak

Nov 16

Sun

11:15pm

Last quarter Moon

Nov 17, 18, 20

MTuTh

 

Deep sky observing sessions: first clear night

Nov 17

Mon

10pm

Leonid meteors peak

Nov 18

Tue

11am

Jupiter 4” S of Moon

Nov 23

Sun

5:59pm

New Moon

Nov 24÷27

Mon-Thu

 

City observing session: first clear night

Nov 24

Mon

10pm

Mercury 0.3” N of Moon

Nov 25

Tue

1pm

Venus 2” N of Moon

Nov 30

Sun

12:16pm

First quarter Moon

Dec 1

Mon

11am

Mars 4” N of Moon

Dec 8

Mon

3:37pm

Full Moon

Dec 9

Tue

1am

Mercury greatest elongation E 21”

Dec 10

Wed

5pm

Saturn 5” S of Moon

 

Starhopping 101: Cassiopeia and friends

Double stars:

Star

Colour

Magnitude

Separation

Position Angle

Eta Cassiopeiae

yellow red

3.4 7.5

12"

297”

Gamma Andromedae

gold blue

2.3 5.5

9.8"

63”

Deep sky objects:  

Object

NSOG

Type

Magnitude

Surface brightness

NGC 869/884 Double Cluster in Perseus

*****/*****

Open clusters

5.3 6.1

 

Mellotte 20 Alpha Persei Group

****

Open cluster

1.2

 

Messier 31 Andromeda Galaxy

*****

Galaxy

3.4

13.6

Messier 32

****

Galaxy

8.1

12.7

Messier 110

*****

Galaxy

8.1

13.9

Messier 103

*****

Open cluster

7.4

 

NGC 457 Owl Cluster or ET Cluster

****

Open cluster

6.4

 

Observing Lists:

Explore the Universe Observing Certificate

http://www.rasc.ca/observing/page2.html

Astronomical League Double Star Club

http://www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/dblstar/dblstar1.html

Messierās Catalog

http://www.seds.org/messier/

Finest NGC

http://www.edmontonrasc.com/finengc.html

Saguaro Astronomy Club

http://www.saguaroastro.org/content/downloads.htm