As we let go of October, and enter November, the nights are getting longer and much colder than before. And as we get closer and closer to the holidays, there is much to look forward to.
November will bring us not just one, but two meteor showers and the ability to see some beautiful planets and constellations.
The Taurids meteor shower started in October but will be peaking on November 4-5. Then, on November 16-17th, the Leonids will also be peaking. Both will supply a beautiful sight to behold if the skies are clear during those nights.
We should also expect to be able to see a few planets, with Mercury being visible directly before sunrise. And Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn will all be visible throughout the month with the naked eye. If you use binoculars or a telescope, you are in for a real treat, as the Galilean moons will be visible on November 1st.
And Jupiter will be so close, you should be able to see its red spot.
On November 1st, at 9:35 pm the Orion nebula will be visible and since it’s easy to see with the naked eye, it will also be quite a sight to behold. In order to spot it, look for Orion’s sword.
While all the above sounds wonderful, I am most excited about the meteor showers, which will likely supply 15 shooting stars per hour during the Leonids. Which will you be watching out for?