The name for November derives from the Latin word “novem” meaning nine. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. It kept the name after January and February were added to Roman calendar which made it the eleventh month.
Closest to Earth: November 2 (228,589 miles super-size moon)
Full Moon: November 6 (Beaver Moon)
Last Quarter Moon: November 14
New Moon: November 22
Farthest from Earth: November 14 (251,243 miles mini-size moon)
Closest to Earth: November 27 (229,800 miles super-size moon)
First Quarter Moon: November 29
Early evening: Mars, look low in southwest (Mars will appear in about the same position all month). Watch the background stars pass by.
Morning before sunrise:
- Jupiter, look high in the southeast
- Mercury visible November 1-15 on eastern horizon just before sunrise
Venus and Saturn are to close or behind the sun to be seen.
November 1: Sunrise 7:27am MDT, Sunset 5:58pm MDT
November 22: The Sun enters the astrological sign Sagittarius.
November 23: Sun enters the astronomical constellation Scorpius.
November 30: the Sun enters the astronomical constellation Ophiuchus thirteenth constellation of the Zodiac.
November 30: Sunrise 6:59am MST, Sunset 4:36pm MST
November 2: The US returns to standard time from daylight saving time.
November 3: The equation of time is at maximum. Your sundial will be 16.48 minutes fast.
November 11: Martinmas (St. Martin’s Day) celebrated in Scotland as a cross-quarter day. In the US this cross-quarter day is celebrated on Halloween.
November 1-30: The Taurids are active all month and unlike most meteor showers can be observed all night. Expect about six meteors per hour. Some of these can be very bright.
November 17: The Leonids peak and are favorable this year, best observed at 3am looking east. Expect up to 15 meteors per hour
November 1: Chamberlin Observatory open house weather permitting. The observatory’s 20” telescope and telescopes belonging to members of the Denver Astronomical Society will be available for viewing. Click here for more information.
November 3: Morning just before sunrise, Mercury is upper left of Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. The pair will be just above the horizon. The bright star way left of the pair is Arcturus.
November 14: Morning before sunrise, the Moon is next to Jupiter. Look south near overhead. The star just left of the pair is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo.
November 19: Morning before sunrise, a crescent moon will be above Spica.
November 25-26 evening after sunset, the Moon will be next to Mars.
November 12-13, 1833: The Leonid meteor storm produced one estimate of one hundred thousand meteors an hour.
November 26, 1885: The first photograph of a meteor was taken.
Wishing you clear skies