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Oct
29
Thu
Mars 3.5° Nth of the Moon
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On the evening of Thursday the 29th of October at 18.00 hrs

The planet Mars will be 3.5° north of an almost full Moon

if you plan  to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Oct
31
Sat
2nd full Moon of the month
Oct 31 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

On the night of the 31st of October at 00.00 Hrs we will have the second full Moon of the month

the first full moon of this month occurred on Thursday the 1st of October

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
5
Thu
The Moon & the Shoe Buckle Cluster (M35)
Nov 5 @ 12:30 am – 3:00 am

On the night of Thursday the 5th of November from approx 00.30 – 03.00 hrs

a waning gibbous Moon will pass close to the southern edge of M35

and occult some of the stars within the cluster

If you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
10
Tue
The planet Mercury reaches it’s greatest western elongation
Nov 10 @ 5:00 am – 5:00 am

On the morning of Tuesday the 10th of November at 05.00 hrs

the planet Mercury will reach it’s greatest western elongation from the Sun at 19.1° , and will rise approx 2 hrs before the Sun. with best viability at approx 06.15 hrs

 the planet Venus will  also be present in the early morning sky

If you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
11
Wed
Pluto & Jupiter
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

During the evening of Wednesday the 11th of November at 19.00 hrs

the planets Pluto & Jupiter will be 42 arc minutes apart

Jupiter will be above & to the right of Pluto

If you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
12
Thu
Northern Taurid meteor shower peak
Nov 12 @ 10:00 pm – 10:00 pm

During the night of Thursday the 12th of November at 22.00 hrs,the Northern Taurid meteor shower will reach it’s peak with an predicted (ZHR) Zenithal Hourly Rate of 5 per hour

Nov
14
Sat
National Astronomy Week
Nov 14 – Nov 22 all-day

During autumn 2020, Mars makes a close approach to Earth, with the next close approach in 2035.

 The organizers of National Astronomy Week hope as many people as possible get a chance to see Mars through a telescope

Click on the link below for more information

https://www.astronomyweek.org.uk/

This event is not organised by the Society

Nov
16
Mon
Mars Stationary & Venus 4° Nth of Spica
Nov 16 @ 12:00 am – 6:00 am

On Monday the 16th at 00.00 hrs the Planet Mars will appear to reach a stationary point in it’s orbit and at 06.00 hrs the planet Venus will be 4° Nth (above & to the left) of the star Spica

If you plan to observe / image these events remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
17
Tue
Leonid meteor shower
Nov 17 @ 12:00 am – 4:30 am

During the early hours of Tuesday the 17th of November the Leonid meteor shower will peak at 02.00 with a possible ZHR of 15 meteors per hour

it should be noted this shower can produce some fast  moving meteors

If you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Nov
19
Thu
Jupiter, Saturn & the Moon
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Thursday the 19th of November at 17.00 hrs Jupiter will be 5° N/W, & Saturn will be 3° Nth of a first quarter Moon

If you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions