Starwatch: Saturn adds a special beauty to the sight of the crescent moon | Science – tech2.org

Starwatch: Saturn adds a special beauty to the sight of the crescent moon | Science



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The must-see moment of this week occurs on the night of the 11th, just after sunset. Look to the southwest and Saturn will be hanging low in the sky just below a beautiful crescent moon.

The table shows the view at 17:30 GMT on November 11. The moon will only be illuminated by 16%, which will make it appear as a thin half moon. It is always a joy to see our natural satellite when it is so young and the pale point of Saturn, the farthest planet visible to the naked eye, will add a special beauty to the sight.

Also this week, stay tuned for the meteor shower north of Taurid. It will peak at night from 9 to 10 November in the southern hemisphere and from 10 to 11 in the north, although the rain meteors will be visible during most of the month.

The shower itself is scarce and only five meteors per hour are expected. The meteors will appear to come from the direction of Taurus. The three stars of Orion's belt, which will appear in the south after dark, point to Taurus if you follow them to the west.


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