Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of November, 2011:
November 2 — First Quarter Moon, 12:38 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
November 6 — Daylight Savings Time ends. Turn clocks back 1 hour.
November 8 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).
November 10 — Full Moon, 3:17 p.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 12 — Northern Taurids meteor shower. This lengthy shower, which generally lasts from mid-October to early December, peaks during the day today.
November 17 — Leonids meteor shower. 2011 is not expected to be a favorable year for this often strong shower.
November 18— Last Quarter Moon, 10:09 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
November 23 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).
November 23-25— Antarctica finds itself pretty much at the center of the visibility region for this eclipse. Along the edges of the visibility region are South Island of New Zealand, southernmost South Africa and Tasmania. The eclipse’s greatest coverage–a rather
substantial 90.4 percent–will be visible in a somewhat inaccessible region: just off the coast of Antarctica. Partial Eclipse Begins, 11:23 p.m.; Greatest Eclipse, 1:31 a.m.; Partial Eclipse Ends, 3:17 a.m.
November 25— New Moon, 1:10 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.