With darkness coming earlier now, take advantage of November’s clear evenings to explore the nighttime sky with our audio guided tour.
In this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast, we seek out some shooting stars, get ready for a lunar eclipse, spot five bright planets, follow some celestial fish, and track down the Andromeda Galaxy.
This month’s full Moon is accompanied by a not-quite-total lunar eclipse that’s visible across North America. The Moon will look very eerie, not completely invisible but nearly so, perhaps with a hint of dim rusty red across its disk and a bright edge at the bottom. You might wonder why we don’t have a lunar eclipse at every full Moon — listen to this month’s Sky Tour for the answer.
Look high in the southeast for a giant diamond in the sky that’s about the size of your outstretched hand with your fingers spread wide apart. Skywatchers the world over know this as the Great Square, representing the chest of Pegasus, the Flying Horse — though it’s flying upside down!
If your skies are reasonably dark, you should be able to make out the Circlet of Pisces, a lovely little pentagon of stars hanging directly under the Great Square. And you can look past Pegasus’s nose to the right, by about the width of your clenched fist held at arm’s length, to reach Delphinus, the Dolphin.
And of course there’s much, much more to see in the night sky during November. So download or listen to this month’s Sky Tour podcast! It’s perfect for anyone who wants a fun and informative guided tour of the celestial sights that are overhead.