Hello! I’m Karl Hricko for United Astronomy Clubs of NJ bringing
you the November Astronomy Update for the WNTI listening area.
Sometimes it’s around in the day, sometimes at night. Some times we can see all of it, sometimes only part of it. It follows us wherever we go. We celebrate our laugh, cry and love by it. It helps to rhyme, mime, and keep time, and it’s our neatest neighbor in the sky. Now can you guess what it is? You’re right if you guessed that it’s our natural satellite – the Moon. Astronauts who have gone to the Moon found it to be a barren place with no atmosphere or liquid water, and temperatures hostile to human life.
This month, besides seeing the Moon go through its phases, you’ll see Jupiter high in the sky shining brightly in Gemini. Mars rises after midnight and moves from Leo to Virgo by the end of the month. At dawn, Saturn and Mercury can be seen in the east-southeast in Libra.
Looking southwest at dusk brings Venus into view, glowing brightly in Sagittarius. A special treat toward the end of the month and into December is a comet called ISON. Toward the end of the month, it will be right next to Saturn and Mercury, and hopefully will be visible to the naked eye.
So next time you see the Moon, know that we have been there, and take the time to bathe in the beauty of the planets – and maybe, even see a comet.
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