October 30th, 2014
First Quarter Moon
moon
Robert Bigelow

A November observing challenge

During the first half of November the planets Mercury and Venus will appear close to each other in the evening sky. The challenge is seeing them. The difficulty arises from the geometric relationship between Earth’s axis tilt and its orbit at this time of year. We will experience a 25 hour day on Sunday, November 6 as Daylight Saving Time ends. The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the evening of November 17, but light from a last quarter moon will interfere with the view for those observing after midnight.