November may very well be good month for meteor showers


Posted: Oct. 29, 2017 12:01 am

There are 4 meteor showers in November. The Southern Taurids on the fifth are listed by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Observer’s Handbook 2017. Northern Taurids on the 12th, the Leonids on the 17th, and the Alpha Monocerotids on the 21st, with ramp up and down exercise from the 13th to Dec. 2nd.

In line with, they’ve spikes about each 10 years, in years generally ending in “5” with rising exercise a few years earlier than that benchmark yr and rampdown exercise a few years afterward. The final time there was a giant present was 1995.

It may very well be worthwhile with some years having 100 or extra meteors per hour for about an hour. A moon between new and first quarter may deliver moderately favorable viewing situations — if climate cooperates.



There are two comets as of this writing that may very well be seen, in November — 62P/Tsuchinshan at perihelion on the 16th and 236P/LINEAR at perihelion on the 20th. At the least, in response to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Observer’s Handbook 2017. These may not be bare eye comets, so escape the telescopes!


The Planets

I’m going to check out a brand new part with just a little info on observing the planets to any extent further. Principally, a bit on what may be fascinating viewing through the month, largely issues like occultations, the place one thing will get blocked out by the moon, Jupiter shadow transits, the place the Galilean (the BIG Jupiter satellites) moons have seen shadows on the large planet, two and three at a time, and conjunctions, the place objects could also be in proximity to one another. This month, the moon will occult the star Aldebaran on the sixth. On the 13th within the early morning, Venus and Jupiter may have a really shut conjunction solely about 14 levels or so from the solar, however may be seen even perhaps in daylight. Simply watch out to not level the scope on the solar!

Venus may also move inside about four levels of the skinny crescent Moon on the 17th. The 28th may also see a conjunction with Mercury and Saturn. The 2017 Observer’s Handbook lists no Jovian Galilean satellite tv for pc shadow transits for this month.

The missions at present being run by NASA whereas necessary, have been comparatively quiet aside from the swan dive by Cbadini into the Saturnian ambiance final month. There’s a good new picture nevertheless from September from the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter that reveals a shadow solid upon the higher ambiance of the planet from Amalthea, one of many bigger of the non-Galilean moons circling the fuel big.


Different issues of curiosity

Daylight Saving time begins on the fifth, keep in mind to set your clocks BACK an hour!

Tabby star is again within the information — type of. A gaggle of scientists have badyzed the details about the star’s occasional large dimming and have come to a conclusion that the rationale for the foremost dimming of the star is a results of an enormous, actually large mud cloud pbading in entrance of it. The infrared signature from the scene just isn’t what can be anticipated if the Dyson Sphere clarification was appropriate.

To elucidate in case you have not been following this, the Dyson sphere is a extremely, actually large globe spacefaring civilization would possibly bademble to fully engulf its dad or mum star to lure ALL it is power to be used. It’s arduous to check as a result of it will entail most likely utilizing most, if not all, of the matter of a planet the dimensions of say Jupiter, to create a globe maybe out to the orbit of Mars in our photo voltaic system. Far fetched? Sure, however let’s not restrict our creativeness right here. Simply badume, capturing all of the solar’s power definitely would finish nay power disaster … to not point out think about the entire development jobs!

On a extra critical be aware, you possibly can examine it intimately at this web site —

There may be yet another article of be aware for the curious, concerning the potential Planet 9 that might exist out past Pluto. It’s being proposed by a few scientists, together with Mike Brown of Caltech, who is legendary for being the scientist that helped “kill” Pluto as a planet. In any case he and one other scientist, Konstantin Batygin, have badembled a physique of knowledge that makes it look an increasing number of seemingly that there’s a “Tremendous-Earth” that has effects on the orbits of numerous Trans Neptunian our bodies in the identical style. You must learn the article if the thought of the photo voltaic system being expanded by one other planet, one fully not like the others, has some curiosity for you, apart from the article has a neat title —


Month-to-month Conferences

At Skylands Astronomy Membership

Nothing acquired by press time.

At Jenny Leap, Hope

No lectures or audio system scheduled till April 2018.

On the Sheep Hill, Boonton

Nov. three — Basic Assembly.

Nov. 17 — Public Evening.

At NWJAA in Blairstown

Assembly: Nov. 17, Eight p.m. — Speaker, Prof. Sera Cermonini, Lehigh College, discussing Black Holes, Strings, and Holography

At NJAG, Montclair

Public Telescope Nights at Montclair State have resumed. Be part of us on Thursday nights at no cost stargazing with telescopes, Eight-9 p.m., on clear Thursdays via Dec. 14. No Telescope Evening on Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving).

Month-to-month conferences of the NJAG are held on the second Wednesday of the month, free and open to the general public. Conferences can be held at Montclair State College in Middle for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) in Room 110 on the primary ground. For instructions, see

You probably have any questions or want to contact me, I may be reached at [email protected] I’ll attempt to reply it both by response or within the column.

That is all for this month!


Warren Westura is a member of the Sheep Hill Astronomy Affiliation, and a consultant to and former trustee of the United Astronomy Golf equipment of New Jersey in Jenny Leap State Park. He has been fascinated by astronomy since he was sufficiently old to lookup and has navigated naval vessels by the celebrities when he was an lively responsibility naval officer.



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