Desert Evenings: November offers best night shows
It’s time again for some of our best night shows! Mid-evening heralds the return of the Pleiades (the “seven sisters”), followed closely by the constellation of Taurus (the bull), the second in the Zodiac, and the conspicuous star Aldebaran (the “eye” of the bull). And a little later, the giant planet Jupiter peaks over the eastern horizon. Jupiter is technically a morning “star” until December, when it will officially be an evening “star.”
Saturn has gone behind the Sun, leaving only brilliant Venus, significantly higher night by night in the western sky.
Overhead early are Pegasus (the flying horse) and Andromeda (the closest galaxy to our own Milky Way).
We also have three meteor showers in November. They are usually named after the area they emanate from. The Taurid meteor show occurs on Nov. 9, late evening. The Leonid meteor show is on Nov. 17 and 18, pre-dawn, and the Andromidid occurs on Nov. 25 to 27, late evening.
Enjoy all the light shows and I’ll be back next month.