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Planetary conjunctions for the end of November 2012 November 28, 2012

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy.
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It’s the last week of November. Clear skies are few and far between, so if you got ’em, use ’em!

Tonight, Wednesday Nov 28, look for Jupiter and the Moon just over 1 degree apart, below the Pleiades and almost in the Hyades. If you’ve got a telescope, you can also watch Ganymede transit the face of Jupiter starting at 23:04 UT (that’s 6:04 PM in Ann Arbor) and ending at 1:02 UT (just after 8 PM Ann Arbor time.) For the rest of the evening, the moons will be arraged with Europa and Io to the east, and Ganymede and Callisto to the west. Want more info or an image? http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/javascript/jupiter#

The Moon was full at 9:28 EST this morning,  so it’s very bright and very flat tonight. Although not a very good telescope target, you might try stacking several short exposure images to try and capture some detail on the Moon along with Jupiter, red Aldebaran, and the Pleiades.

In the morning, Venus and Saturn are in close conjunction this week. Unfortunately  they were closest yesterday morning, so I’m a little late with that news. Still, it’s worth getting out and looking for the rest of the week. For one thing, Mercury joins the group, Making a nice line of Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Spica on Friday morning, and most of next week too.




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