If you want a good glimpse at Mars, Venus and Saturn, you’ll have your chance this week! A thin crescent moon will grace the sky throughout the beginning of November, and will illuminate the rarely-seen planets perfectly. Find out when you can see them here!
A new moon on Oct. 31 had stargazing enthusiasts whipping out their telescopes for a good view at the sky, and this week’s crescent moon will give us even better views in the sky! The moon, which is traveling eastward, will travel above Saturn on Nov. 3, then reach Venus on Nov. 4, and eventually make its way to Mars by Nov. 6.
If you look for the thin crescent moon 12 degrees above the southwestern horizon 45 minutes after sunset on the 3rd, you’ll get a rare glimpse at Saturn. The next night, the moon will be at 20 degrees above that horizon at the same time, with Venus lit up 10 degrees below.
There won’t be much time to get your sightings in, either. You’re going to want to check this all out soon after sunset, because our view of these planets will be lost to the horizon by 7:30 p.m. By Nov. 15, any sighting of them at all will be impossible with the sun setting much earlier. Saturn will not make its appearance in the sky again until mid-February in the morning.
If you’re an early riser, you may also get a peek at Jupiter this month. The large planet and a waning crescent moon are expected to cross paths just after 4:00 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 25, which should provide a really good view. So break out those telescopes, guys, because there’s some major stargazing to do!
HollywoodLifers, will you be checking out the night sky in November for these incredible sights? Or are you totally bored by all this?