The dimmest object visible in the night sky under perfectly dark conditions is about magnitude 6.5. Look for the swiftly-moving planet shining brightly very low in the east-southeastern sky between about 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. in your local time zone. Since sunlight can only reach the far side of the moon, and the moon is in the same region of the sky as the sun, the moon will become completely hidden from view. See our video on how to safely observe the sun, or our safe sunwatching infographic. Our image of the day, The seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica will remain active well into November, These 4 Crew-1 astronauts are ready to launch into orbit with SpaceX. When the moon completes the first quarter of its orbit around Earth at 11:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 21 (0445 GMT on Nov. 22), the relative positions of the Earth, sun and moon will cause us to see it half-illuminated — on its eastern side. ... this is very rare and the next Blue Moon should occur on Halloween in 2020. The Leonids Meteor shower, derived from material left by repeated passages of periodic Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 3, annually. From dark sky locations the magnitude 7.9 planet can be observed in good binoculars and backyard telescopes. Although Earth will be traversing the densest part of the comet's debris train during mid-day in the Americas, the best viewing time will occur hours earlier, at around 1 a.m. local time, when the shower's radiant, located in central Taurus, will be high in the southern sky. On Nov. 13, the pretty, crescent moon will sit above Mercury and below the brighter planet Venus, with bright Spica sitting to the moon's right — making a lovely photo opportunity when composed with some interesting scenery. Venus can be as bright as magnitude minus 4.9. At 6:55 p.m., for observers in the Eastern time zone, Algol will sit 40 degrees above the northeastern horizon. • … Below, find out what's up in the night sky tonight (Planets Visible Now, Moon Phases, Observing Highlights This Month) plus other resources (Skywatching Terms, Night Sky Observing Tips and Further Reading). The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). On the peak night, a waning crescent moon will rise around 4 a.m. local time, leaving the post-midnight sky dark for meteor watching. Algol, also designated Beta Persei, is among the most accessible variable stars for skywatchers. South America and northern Europe will only see the early stages, while Australia, Southeast Asia, China, and parts of Russia will only see the latter stages. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? And, a mysterious radio signal beamed to Earth from a distant galaxy has been detected again by astronomers. During November, blue-green Uranus will be visible all night long while it travels slowly westward in southwestern Aries — about 11 degrees south of Aries' brightest star Hamal, or 5 degrees north of the stars that form the top of Cetus' head. When it reaches its last quarter phase at 6:46 pm EST on Sunday, Nov. 8 (1346 GMT), the moon will rise at around midnight, and then remain visible in the southern sky all morning. Gibbous: Used to describe a planet or moon that is more than 50% illuminated. • Illumination: 76%. Hope you're ready for a little full moon fun, because the September 2020 full moon — also known as the corn moon — is taking place late on the night of September 1 (or technically the wee hours of the morning, if you're on eastern time), and it'll be putting on quite a show if you know where to look. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the planet Mercury will reach a maximum angle of 19 degrees from the sun, and peak visibility for this morning apparition. During November, Saturn will diminish slightly in apparent size, and fade from magnitude 0.59 to 0.64. Here's how to see the September 2020 full moon in all its glory. In the southeastern sky after dusk on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the waxing gibbous moon will be located a generous fist diameter to the right (or 5 degrees to the celestial southwest) of reddish Mars. Here's how to see the September 2020 full moon in all its glory. On Nov. 28, Neptune will complete a retrograde loop that has been carrying it westward through the stars of Aquarius since late June — then it will resume regular eastward motion. Viewed in a telescope during November, the planet will exhibit an 85%-illuminated, waxing gibbous phase and a mean apparent disk diameter of 12 arc-seconds. TONIGHT is your last chance to see the Corn Moon in all its glory. Search about a thumb's width to the upper left (or 44 arc-minutes to the northeast) of the medium-bright star Phi Aquarii. Visual Magnitude: This is the astronomer's scale for measuring the brightness of objects in the sky. • Moon Angle: 0.51. Then the planet will descend sunward for the balance of the month, becoming harder to see in the closing week. A young, crescent moon on the peak date will set after sunset, leaving the overnight sky nicely dark for meteors. Last quarter moons are positioned ahead of the Earth in our trip around the sun. 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The peak of the shower, when up to 20 meteors per hour are predicted — many with persistent trains — will occur at 2300 GMT on Tuesday, Nov. 17 — when Earth will be traversing the densest part of the comet's debris train. Neptune will be well-positioned for observing in the evening sky during November. The brightest objects get negative numbers. • Moon Distance: 386,985.909 km. And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: September's Moon will appear full until Thursday morning. Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows: In other space news, Nasa is tracking a huge asteroid nearly twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza which is hurtling towards Earth at 31,400mph. The eclipse will end at 11:53:26 GMT. After it rises in the early evening on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the waning gibbous moon will be positioned less than a lunar diameter below (or half a degree to the celestial south of) the large open star cluster designated Messier 35, or the Shoe-Buckle, in Gemini. A blanket or lounge chair will prove much more comfortable than standing or sitting in a chair and craning your neck to see overhead. Thank you for signing up to Space. The young, crescent moon will pass below Jupiter and Saturn on Nov. 18-19 — a grouping that will make a nice photograph when composed with some attractive foreground scenery. The week of moonless evening skies that follow last quarter will be ideal for observing deep sky targets. © Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, Zenith: The point in the sky directly overhead. It's the last full moon of the summer, so make it count. Meanwhile, Jupiter's faster orbital speed will reduce their angular separation from 5 to 2 degrees. During November, Mars will be conveniently positioned for observing from dusk until the wee hours — culminating at a healthy 51 degrees elevation above the southern horizon by late evening. It's easy to measure distances between objects: Your fist on an outstretched arm covers about 10 degrees of sky, while a finger covers about one degree. Adjust to the dark: If you wish to observe faint objects, such as meteors or dim stars, give your eyes at least 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness. In the southwestern sky for a few hours after sunset on Thursday, Nov. 19, the waxing crescent moon will pay its monthly visit to the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn — forming a squat triangle with dimmer Saturn at the top.