Sky this Month
After the hustle bustle of the festive season, here comes November, welcoming the Super Moon again. The Moon will be at closet approach to Earth on November 14.

The sky will be lit up by Venus, Saturn and Mars in the dusk sky and the biggest planet Jupiter will be seen in the dawn sky. The month starts with Saturn and Venus very close to each other in the early evening sky. Astrophotographers can take the opportunity to capture the trio of Moon, Saturn and Venus in one frame on November 3.

The sky will also brighten up with two meteor showers- Taurids and Leonids. Taurids meteor shower will be at its peak this year on the night of November 4. The first quarter moon will set just after midnight leaving dark skies for viewing. Meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

The Leonids meteor shower runs annually from November 6th to November 30th. It will peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight, but a bright waning gibbous Moon may make it difficult for viewers to see many meteors. Meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo (hence the name Leonids), but can appear anywhere in the sky.
As soon as the sun goes down, the red planet ‘Mars’, the ringed planet ‘Saturn’ and the evening star ‘Venus’ will light up the evening sky. Summer triangle with its 3 bright stars-Altair, Vega, Deneb will also be visible with their respective constellations-Aquila, Lyra and Cygnus. We can also spot other constellations throughout the month like Cetus, Taurus, Auriga.

With the Summer Triangle setting in the west and the famous winter hexagon rising in the east, midnights will give us the splendid view of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. At midnight, The Hunter i.e Orion will be seen in the sky with its 2 hunting dogs: Canis Major and its brightest star in the sky Sirius and Canis Minor. The twin brothers i.e. the Gemini constellation will also be visible at this time of the sky with Auriga, the open book.

The Great Bear, Ursa Major will be visible in the sky after midnight throughout the month along with the largest constellation, Hydra. Just before sunrise the largest planet Jupiter will also be visible..
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