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Astronomical events in November

Prepare the blankets and start setting up camp as the November night sky will be filled with multiple astronomical events.

Among the expected events, astronomers can expect a total lunar eclipse, multiple meteor showers, and sightings of the “Ice Giant” planet in its largest and brightest form.


While not always the flashiest, the currently active Southern Taurids will peak November 4-5, displaying their dark but still impressionable fireballs. According to NASA, the spectacle is created when dust from Comet Encke hits Earth’s atmosphere and heats up.

From Nov. 11-12, the Northern Taurids should be brighter than usual this year if the shower follows the seven-year pattern of increased fireball activity, according to the American Meteor Society.


According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full “beaver” moon is expected November 7-8 and will be accompanied by a total lunar eclipse, giving the moon a copper color. Also known as a “blood” moon, this lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and Earth align with Earth at the center, casting a shadow on the moon.

The total lunar eclipse will peak around 6 a.m. EST, when most of North America can enjoy its reddish glow.


Uranus, known as the “Ice Giant” planet and famous for its cold atmosphere and many moons, will reach opposition this month, allowing anyone with a pair of binoculars to catch a glimpse of the seventh planet from the sun. . On November 9, Uranus will be opposite the sun, which means that once the sun sets, the planet will rise and shine brightest and be seen at its best.

It will be visible all night, and a good telescope may also be able to pick up the planet’s green hue, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.


Scheduled to peak on the night of November 17-18, the Leonids meteor shower will light up the night sky with a burst of debris from previous showers from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. According to NASA, this meteor is known to be one of the fastest, with speeds reaching 71 kilometers per second. Space enthusiasts will be able to see 15 meteors per hour at its peak, which only happens once every 33 years.

NASA recommends camping at midnight local time and preparing for a long night as the shower lasts until dawn.


The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) recommends some tips for optimal vision before heading out at night.

His advice is similar for most astronomical events: check the weather ahead, stay away from city lights, and settle in an open area away from tall buildings and trees.

Most importantly, any skywatching activity should begin 30 minutes before the event in question, as human eyes need time to adjust to darkness. The CSA recommends not using phones or bright white flashlights beforehand and instead using red flashlights for getting around.

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