November 4 and 5 – Taurid meteor shower
The Taurids are a small, long-lasting meteor shower that only produces about 5 to 10 meteors per hour. It has the particularity of being made up of two distinct beams. The first plume was created by dust grains left behind by asteroid 2004 TG10. The second plume was created by debris left behind by comet 2P Encke. The meteor shower occurs annually from September 7 to December 10 and peaks on the night of November 4. This year, the nearly full moon will eclipse all but the brightest shooting stars. But if you are patient, you will still be able to observe some bright stars. The best viewing time will be just after midnight from a dark location, away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Radiant simulation of the Taurid meteor shower. Source: Astronomy Now
November 8 – Full moon
The Moon will be on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun and its face will be fully lit. This milestone occurred at 6:03 p.m. Vietnam time. This full moon was called the Beaver Moon by early Native American tribes because it was the time of year to set traps for beavers before the swamps and rivers froze over. It is also known as the Frost Moon and the Black Moon.
November 8 – Total Lunar Eclipse
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow. During this type of lunar eclipse, the Moon will gradually darken and then turn a rusty or blood red color. This lunar eclipse will be visible in eastern Russia, Japan, Australia, the Pacific, and parts of western and central North America.
Total lunar eclipse 2021. Author: Jean-François Gout
November 9 – Uranus in opposition
This blue planet will be closest to Earth and its surface will be entirely illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of year and will be visible all night. This is the best time to see Uranus. Because of its distance, it will only appear as a small green-blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
November 17 – Leonid meteor shower
The Leonids are a medium meteor shower, producing around 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This meteor shower is unique in that it reaches its peak approximately every 33 years, when hundreds of meteors can be seen every hour. The most recent occurred in 2001. The Leonids are produced by dust particles left behind by the Tempel-Tuttle comet, discovered in 1865. The star shower occurs annually from November 6 to 30. This year, the peak is on the night of the 17th and in the morning. from the 18th. The full moon will obscure many faint meteors this year. But the Leonids are difficult to predict, so there’s still a chance we could see a spectacular performance. Viewers observe best from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Leonid meteor. Photo: Stéphane Vetter
November 24 – New Moon
The Moon will be on the same side of Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This milestone occurred at 5:58 a.m. Vietnam time. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters, as they will not be affected by moonlight.
See more 2022 ephemeris here: https://deepsky2000.net/quan-sat-thien-van/lich-thien-van-nam-2022/
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