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 Astronomy Course:

           

Mysteries of the Universe: Black Holes, Dark Energy, and More: Fall Semester

        

Fifty years ago, humans landed on the Moon. We’ve since discovered countless planets orbiting other suns, and potentially habitable environments in our own solar system. We know how big the universe is, how old it is, and what’s it’s made of. But we also face mysteries: black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. We’ll cover everything you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. No math or science background required. You’ll also get to use a large telescope at a local observatory.

                        

Meets at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 8 Tuesdays: January 14, 2020 - March 3, 2020 - 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM.

                

                                                          


                 

 November Astronomy-Related Events in the Boston Area  

                                                      

        

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:00 PM

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting

60 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

http://www.atmob.org

Topic and Speaker: TBA

  

  

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:00 PM

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting

60 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

http://www.atmob.org

Topic and Speaker: TBA

 

    

   

Plus (ongoing):        

   

          

Wednesdays:

Boston University

Boston, MA.
Open Night at Coit Observatory most Wednesdays 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. 

617-353-2630
http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night-at-the-observatory/  

     

      

                

                    

The Sky at a Glance: November 2019

                                                                                    

            Phases of the Moon:

             

First Quarter Moon

November 4

5:23 AM EST

Full Moon

November 12

8:34 AM EST

Last Quarter Moon

November 19

  4:11 PM EST

New Moon

November 26

10:06 AM EST

        

         

   Planet Visibility:

    

In Evening (after sunset):

    Venus, in SW

    Jupiter, in SW

    Saturn, in SW

    Neptune, in SE

    Uranus, in E

            

At Midnight:

    Neptune, in W

    Uranus, in SW 

                      

In Morning (before sunrise):

    Mars, SE 

   Mercury, SE 

            

                   

Comets:

   
  •     There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 currently visible.
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Meteors:

       

  •     The Leonid meteors peak on November 17/18. Unfortunately, there is a waning giibbous Moon, about two-thirds illuminated, not far from the radiant in Leo. The Moon's glow will be enough to drown out the fainter meteors. In some years, you might expect to see around 15 meteors per hour; this year, the rate will be substantially reduced.
 

                                  


       
Major Astronomical Events: November 2019
                   
    

 November 2019

    
Nov. 1 Fri. 5:00 PM EST Moon @ descending node
Nov. 2 Sat. 3:00 AM EDT Moon 0.6° S of Saturn, 66° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 2 Sat. 2:00 PM EDT Moon 0.4° S of Pluto
 

Nov. 3

Sun.

1:00 AM EST / 2:00 AM EDT

Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 4 Mon. 5:23 AM EST First Quarter Moon
Nov. 6 Wed. 12:00 AM EST Moon 4° S of Neptune, 121° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 7 Thur. 3:36 AM EST Moon @ apogee (405,057 km / 251,691 mi)
Nov. 8 Fri. 10:00 AM EST Mars 3° N of Spica
Nov. 8/9 Fri./Sat. 11:25 PM EST - 12:27 AM EST Beginning of Callisto eclipse series (61 eclipses)
Nov. 9 Sat.   Carl Sagan born 85 years ago (1934)
Nov. 9 Sat. 8:00 PM EST Venus 4° N of Antares, 23° from Sun in evening sky
 
Nov. 10 Sun. 11:00 PM EST Moon 4° S of Uranus, 165° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 11 Mon. 7:36 AM EST - 1:04 PM EST Transit of Mercury
Mov. 11 Mon. 10:00 AM EST Mercury @ inferior conjunction
Nov. 12 Tue. 4:00 AM EST Asteroid Vesta @ opposition
Nov. 12 Tue. 8:23 AM EST Full Moon ("Full Beaver Moon")
Nov. 13 Wed. 6:00 AM EST Moon 7.3° SE of Pleiades, 169° and 170° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 13 Wed. 11:00 PM EST Moon 3° N of Aldebaran, 161° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 14 Thur. 11:22 AM EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 launch (1969)
Nov. 15 Fri. 4:00 PM EST Moon 1.5° SE of M35 cluster, 141° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 16 Sat. 1:00 AM EST Mercury @ perihelion
Nov. 16 Sat. 4:00 AM EST Moon @ ascending node
 
Nov. 17 Sun.   Leonid meteors peak (poor)
Nov. 17 Sun. 2:00 AM EST Moon 9° S of Castor, 123° and 124° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 17 Sun. 7:00 AM EST Moon 5° S of Pollux, 120° and 121° from Sun in moorning sky
Nov. 18 Mon. 7:00 AM EST Moon 1.18° NNE of Beehive Cluster, 108° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 19 Tue. 1:54 PM EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 lunar landing (Ocean of Storms)
Nov. 19 Tue. 4:11 PM EST Last Quarter Moon
Nov. 19 Tue. 9:00 PM EST Moon 3.5° NNE of Regulus, 87° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 20 Wed. 9:25 AM EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 liftoff from Moon
Nov. 21 Thur. 11:50 PM EST Alpha Monocerotids may have major outburst (up to 400 meteors/hr.)
Nov. 23 Sat. 2:41 AM EST Moon @ perigee (366,716 km / 227,867 mi)
Nov. 23 Sat. 1:00 PM EST Sun enters Scorpius
Nov. 23 Sat. 4:00 PM EST Moon 7° NNE of Sppica, 37° from Sun in morning sky
 
Nov. 24 Sun. 4:00 AM EST Moon 4° N of Mars, 28° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 24 Sun. 9:00  AM EST Venus 1.4° S of Jupiter, 26° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 24 Sun. 3:58 PM  EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 Moon Landing splashdown
Nov. 24 Sun. 8:00 PM EST Mercury 8.5° E of Mars, 28° from Sun in morning sky
Nov. 24 Sun. 10:00 PM EST Moon 1.9°  N of Mercury
Nov. 26 Tue. 10:06 AM EST New Moon
Nov. 26 Tue. 10:00 PM EST Moon 7° NNE of Antares, 7° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 28 Thur. 5:00 AM EST Mercury @ greatest western elongation (20° W of Sun)
Nov. 28 Thur. 6:00 AM EST Moon 0.7° N of Jupiter
Nov. 28 Thur. 7:00 AM EST Moon, Venus, and Jupiter within 4.3° diameter circle, 25° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 28 Thur. 2:00 PM EST Moon 1.9° N of Venus, 28° and 27° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 28 Thur. 4:00 PM EST Moon 0.9° S of Saturn, 41° from Sun in evening sky
Nov. 28 Thur. 11:00 PM EST Moon 0.5° S of Pluto
Nov. 30 Sat. 9:30 AM EST Sun enters Ophiuchus
 
Dec. 4 Wed. 1:58 AM EST First Quarter Moon
Dec. 4 Wed. 7:00 AM EST Moon 4° S of Neptune
Dec. 4 Wed. 11:08 PM EST Moon @ apogee (406,055 km / 252,311 mi)
 
Dec. 8 Sun. 6:00 AM EST Moon 5° S of Uranus
Dec. 9 Mon. 4:11 PM EST Earliest sunset of year (4:11:48 PM EST)
Dec. 10 Tue. 12:00 AM EST Venus 1.8° S of Saturn
Dec. 12 Thur. 12:12 AM EST Full Moon ("Full Cold Moon")
Dec. 14 Sat.   Geminid meteor shower peaks (poor)
Dec. 10 Tue. 11:00 AM EST Mercury 5° N of Antares
Dec. 18 Wed. 3:25 PM EST Moon @ perigee (370,265 km / 230,072 mi)
Dec. 18 Wed. 11:57 PM EST Last Quarter Moon
Dec. 21 Sat. 11:19 PM EST Winter Solstice
 
Dec. 22 Sun. 9:00 PM EST Moon 4° N  of Mars
Dec. 22 Sun. 10:00 PM EST Ursid meteors peak (fair)
Dec. 25 Wed. 9:29:53 PM EST Annular solar eclipse begins (Indian Ocean, Indonesia)
Dec. 26 Thur.   Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby #2
Dec. 26 Thur. 12:13 AM EST New Moon
Dec. 26 Thur. 3:05 AM EST Annular solar eclipse ends
Dec. 27 Fri. 7:00 AM EST Moon 1.2° S of Saturn
Dec. 27 Fri. 10:00 AM EST Moon 0.6° S of Pluto
Dec. 27 Fri. 1:00 PM EST Jupiter in solar conjunction
Dec. 28 Sat. 9:00 PM EST Moon 1° S of Venus
 
Dec. 31 Tue. 4:00 PM EST Moon 4° S of Neptune

   


             

     An Overview of Major Astronomical Events in 2019

      

 

2019
Jan. 1 Tue. 12:33 AM EST New Horizons @ closest approach: 3,500 km (2,175 miles)

Jan. 1

Tue.

11:53 PM EST

Saturn @ superior conjunction

Jan. 3

Thur.

4:59 AM EST

Earth @ perihelion (0.98328 AU / 147,097,233 km / 91,401,983 mi)

Jan. 3

Thur.

9:28 PM EST

Quadrantid meteors peak. (Good.)

Jan. 4 Fri. 7:14 AM EST Latest sunrise of year (7:13:48 AM EST)

Jan. 5

Sat.

11:54 PM EST

Venus @ greatest elongation west (47°)

Jan. 20

Sun.

11:41 PM EST

Total lunar eclipse begins

Jan. 21 Mon. 12:44 AM EST Total lunar eclipse ends
Jan. 25 Fri.   Dust storm season on Mars ends
Feb. 18 Mon.   Hayabusa2 attempts sample collection from asteroid Ryugu.

Feb. 26

Tue.

10:00 AM EDT

Mercury @ greatest elongation east (18°)

Mar. 2 Sat.   Launch of SpaceX Demo-1 flight
Mar. 3 Sun. 11:00 AM EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9 launch
Mar. 4 Mon.   Hayabusa2 second attempt at sample collection

Mar. 10

Sun.

2:00 AM EST / 3:00 AM EDT

Daylight Saving Time begins

Mar. 17

Sun.

6:53 AM EDT - 6:53 PM EDT

Equilux (day and night of equal length)

Mar. 20

Wed.

5:58 PM EDT

March Equinox

Mar. 23 Sat. 7:36 AM EDT Spring Equinox, N. Hemisphere of Mars
Apr. 4 Thur.   Parker Solar Probe perihelion #2
Apr. 11 Thur. 3:42 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation west (18°)
Apr. 22 Mon. 8:00 PM EDT Lyrid meteors peak

May 5

Sun.

9:12 AM EDT

Eta Aquariid meteors peak. (Good.)

May 11

Sat.

All day

Astronomy Day (Spring)

May 18 Sat. 12:49 PM EDT 50th  Anniversary of Apollo 10 launch

June 10

Sun.

11:11 AM EDT

Jupiter @ opposition

June 15

Sat.

5:07 AM EDT

Earliest sunrise

June 21

Fri.

11:54 AM EDT

June (Summer) Solstice

June 23 Sun. 7:18 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation east (25.2°)

June 27

Thur.

8:25 PM EDT

Latest sunset of year (8:25:22 PM)

July 4

Thur.

6:11 PM EDT

Earth @ aphelion (1.017 AU / 152.1 milion km / 94.5 million miles)

July 9

Wed.

1:00 PM EDT

Saturn @ opposition

July 16 Tue. 9:32 AM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 launch (Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins)
July 20 Sat. 7:53 AM EDT 43rd Anniversary of first Mars landing (Viking 1, 1976)
July 20 Sat. 4:17 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of first Moon landing (Apollo 11, 1969)
July 20 Sat. 10:56 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of first step on Moon (Neil Armstrong, 1969)
July 21 Sun. 1:54 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 leaving lunar surface
Jul. 22 Mon. 5:22 AM EDT India's Chandrayaan-2 soft-lander / rover mission launches to Moon
July 24 Wed. 12:51 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 splashdown
Aug. 9 Fri. 7:06 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation west (18°)

Aug. 13

Tue.

8:00 AM EDT

Perseid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Sept. 1 Sun.   Parker Solar Probe perihelion #3
Sept. 3 Tue. 6:38 PM EDT 43rd Anniversary of Viking 2 Mars landing
Sept. 6 Fri.   India's India's Vikram spacecraft soft-lands on Moon

Sept. 10

Tue.

2:00 PM EDT

Neptune @ opposition

Sept. 23

Mon.

3:49 AM EDT

September (Fall) Equinox

Sept. 26

Thur.

6:35 AM EDT / 6:36 PM EDT

Equilux (day and night of equal length)

Oct. 5

Sat.

All day

Astronomy Day (Fall)

Oct. 7 Mon. 9:08 PM EDT Summer Solstice, N. Hemisphere of Mars
Oct. 15 Tue.   Launch window for ESA Cheops exoplanet mission opens
Oct. 20 Sun. 12:00 AM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation east (24.6°)

Oct. 22

Sun.

10:00 AM EDT

Orionid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Oct. 28

Mon.

3:17 AM EDT

Uranus @ opposition

Nov. 3

Sun.

1:00 AM EST / 2:00 AM EDT

Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 8/9   11:25 PM EST - 12:27 AM EST Beginning of Callisto eclipse series (61 eclipses)
Nov. 11 Mon. 7:36 AM EST - 1:04 PM EST Transit of Mercury

Nov. 18

Mon.

12:15 AM EST

Leonid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Nov. 24 Sun. 3:58 PM  EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 Moon Landing
Nov. 29 Thur. 5:30 AM EST Mercury @ greatest elongation west (20°)

Dec. 9

Thur.

4:11 PM EST

Earliest sunset of year (4:11:48 PM EST)

Dec. 14

Sat.

1:25 PM EST

Geminid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Dec. 21

Sat.

11:19 PM EST

December (Winter) Solstice

Dec. 22

Sun.

10:00 PM EST

Ursid meteors peak (fair)

Dec. 26 Thur.   Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby #2

   

     


   

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November 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM EST