November will be slightly less eventful than the last month in terms of stargazing events, but there will still be some highlights such as a total lunar eclipse, the perigee of Mars, the Leonids and a few smaller meteor showers. A new addition to these calendars will also include the best times to observe major asteroids and comets.
This month on the night of August 12 and 13 we will witness the Perseids meteor shower, which is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Some meteors can also be seen from July 17 to August 24. It originates from debris produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.
On the night of August 13 and 14 the Perseids meteor shower will peak. It is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at the peak, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 to August 22.
This month will be very eventful when it comes to astronomy and space exploration. First off on August 6 the Curiosity Rover, also known as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is scheduled to land on the red planet at 5:31 AM UTC.
This month on the 12 and 13 the Perseids Meteor Shower will peak. It is one of the best meteor showers to observe because it can produce up to 60 meteors per hour at the peak. You may also be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 to August 22.
Andromeda is a constellation in the northern sky. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. The Andromeda Galaxy is named after the constellation, as it appears within its boundaries. Mythology The constellation is named after Andromeda, the princess and daughter of of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, monarchs of the kingdom of Ethiopia. Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymphs of the sea that often accompany Poseidon. To punish the Queen for her arrogance, Poseidon sent a whale called Cetus to ravage the coast of Ethiopia. According to…
This week the Moon will be a thin crescent, so it will be a much better week for stargazing. Here are the astronomical events worth seeing this week: November 1, 2010: November evenings are excellent times to watch the Milky Way. Since the solar system is located in the outer rim of our galaxy, we can see a large portion of it arching from east to west with a dip toward the northern horizon. The Milky Way is quite hard to see, even though it occupies such a large portion of the sky. It is quite dim, so you need a dark sky to see it. A night with little…