[STARGAZING] Jupiter Returns and Leonid Peaks

The innermost planet, Mercury, is visible above the southwest horizon, appearing star-like about 30 minutes after sunset starting on the 12th. On that date use binoculars to see it pass two degrees north of the glittering orange star Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Binoculars will also help you to see the golden planet Saturn three degrees above Mercury.

Standard Time returns on November 5th. On that morning, 1:59 a.m., PDT is followed by 1 a.m., PST.

The brightest planet, Venus, can be found at dawn early in the month, but draws close to the sun and is hard to see at the end of the month.

On the 10th, the Planet Jupiter, returning to visibility after being hidden behind the sun for the last month, appears three degrees below Venus. On following mornings it will appear closer to Venus until the 13th, when the two planets will be separated by only two-thirds the apparent width of the moon. The moon itself will appear above both Venus and Jupiter on the 16th.

The fainter, orange planet Mars appears above and to the right Venus and Jupiter at dawn.

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaks on the morning of the 17th, and can be observed on that date as it increases in strength between midnight and 5:01 a.m., the start of dawn. Although the moon will not interfere with observations this year, only about 10 meteors per hour are expected to be visible from wilderness locations free of artificial light pollution.

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