November 25th, 2015
The Moon turns full in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull, on November 25th. As always, a full Moon is not a good time for astronomy as the moonlight brightens the sky and washes out the fainter stars. Despite this, try looking for the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.
This famous cluster normally appears as a tiny group of stars on any clear night. They’re even visible from the light polluted skies of the city. But with the Moon close by, they’ll prove to be a challenge to spot with just your eyes. In the image, the Seven Sisters are the little blue white stars above the Moon. If you can’t see them with just your eyes, maybe you can see them with binoculars?
On a side note, I haven’t been posting much recently. The reason is twofold; firstly, with Venus, Mars and Jupiter clustered together in the morning sky and Mercury and Saturn too close to the Sun, there hasn’t been much to highlight this month.
Secondly, I’ve spent the past week finishing my new book, Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope. I’m currently awaiting the proof copy and the paperback and eBook should be available on Amazon from December 1st. Stay tuned for more details!
All Astronomical Events for November 25th, 2015
01:57 UT – Mercury appears 2.7° south of Saturn. (Mercury: 99% illuminated, magnitude -0.9, diameter 4.6”. Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 15.1”. Scorpius, not visible.)
13:15 UT – The almost full Moon passes M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky.)
17:54 UT – Mercury is at aphelion. Distance to Sun: 0.467 AU (99% illuminated, magnitude -0.9, diameter 4.6”. Scorpius, not visible.)
22:44 UT – Full Moon (Naked eye, Taurus, visible all night.)
Mercury leaves Scorpius and enters Ophiuchus. (99% illuminated, magnitude -0.9, diameter 4.6”. Not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.
Astronomical events taken from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.
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