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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to November 2012

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to November 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of November, 2012:

November 1 – Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

November 4 – Daylight Saving Time ends. Turn clocks back 1 hour.

November 6– Last Quarter Moon, 7:36 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

November 12 – Northern Taurids meteor shower. 2012 is predicted to be a favorable year for this lengthy shower, which peaks today and generally lasts from mid-October to early December.

November 13– New Moon, 5:08 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

November 13– Total Eclipse of the Sun. Virtually the entire path of totality falls over water. At the very beginning, the track cuts through Australia’s Northern Territory just to the east of Darwin, then across the Gulf of Carpentaria, then through northern Queensland, before heading out to sea. The rest of the eclipse path is, unfortunately, pretty much wasted by falling over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Partial Eclipse Begins: 2:38 p.m. • Total Eclipse Begins: 3:35 p.m. • Greatest Eclipse: 5:12 p.m. • Total Eclipse Ends: 6:48 p.m. • Partial Eclipse Ends: 7:45 p.m. • Maximum Duration of Totality: 4m 02.2s

November 14 – Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

November 17 – Leonids meteor shower. 2012 is expected to be a favorable year for this often strong shower.

November 20 – First Quarter Moon, 9:32 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

November 21 – Alpha Monocerids meteor shower. 2012 is expected to be a favorable year for this periodically major shower.

November 28 – Full Moon, 9:46 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

November 28 – Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon.
Central and eastern Asia, Australia and New Zealand are in the best position to see this eclipse. At maximum, 94 percent of the Moon’s diameter will be immersed in the Earth’s penumbral shadow; the upper part of the Moon will appear noticeably shaded. Moon Enters Penumbra: 7:12 a.m. • Maximum Eclipse: 9:33 a.m.Moon Leaves Penumbra: 11:53 a.m. • Magnitude of the Eclipse: 0.942


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