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    Bruce McClure
    November full moon south of Pleiades cluster and north of the star Aldebaran.

    Full moon, faint eclipse, November 29-30

    Full moon falls on the night of May 29-30 for North America, at 3:43 a.m. CST on November 30. That means that – for North America – we have the chance to witness a faint penumbral eclipse of the moon.

    See Earth’s shadow after sunset

    These next few days – November 27 and 28, 2020 – look for Earth’s shadow and the Belt of Venus below the bright waxing gibbous moon.

    Moon and Mars pop out at dusk in November 2020.

    Watch for the moon and Mars

    Use the moon to find the planet Mars on November 24, 25 and 26, 2020. Then use the planet Mars to find Mars and Uranus within the same binocular field in January 2021.

    Orion's Belt or the Celestial Bridge is found in the east at mid-evening.

    Orion’s Belt – a Celestial Bridge – links northern and southern skies

    Many know Orion’s Belt, a short straight row of 3 stars. To the Aymara – indigenous people in the Andes and Altiplano regions of South America – Orion’s Belt is seen as a Celestial Bridge between the sky’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

    Moon, star Fomalhaut and the planet Uranus on the sky's dome November 22, 2020.

    Tonight, look out our galaxy’s south window

    On November 22, 2020, use the moon and bright star Formalhaut to visualize looking from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.

    Summer Triangle in northern autumn

    In late November and early December, look west in the evening for the Summer Triangle. It’s made of the 3 bright stars – Vega, Deneb and Altair – in 3 different constellations.

    Before the end of 2020, great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

    Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer, as they near their once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020. At their closest, they’ll be only 0.1 degrees apart. That’s just 1/5 of a full moon diameter. Start watching them now, and you’ll see them draw close together.

    Waxing crescent moon with the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.

    November’s young moon and December’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

    As darkness falls on November 18-21, 2020, use the moon to locate Jupiter and Saturn. Their conjunction will be December 21. Watch into December as these 2 giant worlds draw close!

    Young moon and the planets Jupiter and Saturn at dsuk/nightfall in November 2020.

    Young moon at dusk; meteors after midnight

    On November 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2020, enjoy the beautiful presence of a waxing crescent moon covered over in earthshine in the west after sunset. Then, after midnight, watch for meteors in the annual Leonid meteor shower.

    Leonid meteor shower is building to a peak

    The peak of the Leonids is likely to be before sunup on November 17, 2020. But people already catching some Leonids. Keep an eye out this weekend.