New Moon and the most intense meteor shower - astronomical events of November 2023
Confrontations, coverings, planet alignments, meteor showers, new moon, and full moon — we've gathered all the astronomical events that we'll be able to observe throughout the last month of autumn! The most notable ones will be the Leonid meteor shower, Beaver Moon, comet approaching Earth, as well as the visibility of Jupiter.
We would like to remind you that it's better to observe all these phenomena outside the city - away from artificial light sources. To plan your trip, you can use the Meteum weather radar - the map shows real-time cloud movement, and you can always check whether you should bring an umbrella.
November 3: Jupiter opposition - the planet will be on the opposite side of the Sun (relative to Earth) and will shine brightly in the night sky. When observed with the naked eye, Jupiter will appear as a bright dot, so it's better to have a telescope or binoculars handy.
November 6: Southern Taurids' peak - its intensity will be about five meteors per hour. Falling stars can be observed until midnight.
November 9: Moon passes 1°0 from Venus, lunar occultation of Venus, which will be visible in the western part of Russia, Europe, Greenland, Africa and Asia.
November 10: Comet C/2023 H2 (Lemmon) at its closest approach to Earth. It may reach a magnitude of 6.3 and will be well visible in binoculars in the evening sky. To locate it, look for the constellations Hercules, Aquila, Capricornus, and Southern Pisces.
November 13: Northern Taurids meteor shower peak - up to five meteors per hour are expected.
November 13: New Moon
November 14: Uranus opposition. Its magnitude will reach 5.6. The planet can be seen until midnight, but a telescope is needed to observe it.
November 18: Leonid's peak - the most intense meteor shower in November. Up to 10 meteors per hour are expected. The radiant will be in the constellation Leo. Conditions for observation are most favorable as the Moon will only be waxing and won't overshadow the Leonids.
November 21: Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower peak, astronomers predict very weak visibility.
November 25: The Moon will pass close to Jupiter.
November 27: Full Beaver Moon - a bright full moon.
November 28: Orionids' peak - a rather weak meteor shower with an intensity of only about three meteors per hour, but they will be poorly visible due to the full moon.