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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Astronomical calendar events in November and December 2011

In the last two months of this year we will have at what to look through the telescope or the naked eye.
Only bad weather can overshadow the astronomical shows .

This is the calendar with the most important astronomical events in November and December 2011: November and December's astronomical highlights:

September 25 to November 25, 2011 - Southern and Northern Taurids. Taurid meteor showers south and north, overlapping one over the other. Both are long-term rare meteor stream and with a large spread in the sky, making their activity modest. Northern Taurids, reach the point of maximum intensity in November 11 to 12 around 7 meteors per hour

November 10, 2011 - Full Moon. Luna is directly opposite to Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase takes place at 00:18 p.m.

17, November 18, 2011 - Leonids - Leonid meteor showers are one of the best for observation. You will see about 40 meteors per hour. Leonidele have a cyclic peak year every 33 years when hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. Last time this phenomenon occurred in 2001. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo after midnight.

November 18, 2011 - 2005 YU55 asteroid will pass within 0.85 Moon distances from the Earth.

November 27, 2011 - Conjunction of Venus and Saturn. These two bright planets will be 1 degree apart in the morning sky. Conjunction can be seen to the east, close to sunrise.

November 25, 2011 . New Moon at 06:11 pm . Luna will be between Earth and Sun and will not be visible from Earth.

November 28, 2011 - Penumbra Lunar Eclipse . The eclipse will be visible in most of Europe, East Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean and North America.

December 3, 2011 - Jupiter in oposition.The giant planet will be at it's closest distance from the Earth and its surface will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

December 10, 2011 - Total eclipse of the Moon. A total eclipse of the Moon will take place on December 10, 2011. This will be the second total eclipse of the Moon in 2011, the first being on June 15, 2011. On 10 December will be visible in Asia and Australia, and growing over Eastern Europe, and will set over northwestern North America. In the Philippines the eclipse will be seen only after sunset.
In Romania, the total eclipse will take place at 4:31 p.m. but unfortunately that is when the Moon will rise, and so,we will only see what remains after the total eclipse. The eclipse will end at around 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is however a good time to photograph the Moon eclipse, framed between buildings or over them, of monuments or your roof, considering that the total eclipse will arise directly on the horizon in Romania, if you look to the east.

13, December 14, 2011 - Geminids meteor shower, considered by many to be the best meteor shower of the sky. Geminids are known to produce up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak hours. Most usually appear on or around December 13 and 14, although some meteors should be visible between December 06 and 19. It will radiate from the constellation Gemini. This year, New Moon will guarantee a dark sky, so it would be a wonderful show. The best observation is to the east after midnight in a dark area.

 December 21, 2011 - December Solstice. The December solstice occurs at 11:12 UTC. South Pole of the Earth will be tilted towards the Sun, and will reach the most northern position in the sky. This makes it the first day of winter (winter solstice), the northern hemisphere, and the first day of summer (summer solstice), in the southern hemisphere.

December 24, 2011 - New Moon at 18:06 pm . Luna will be between Earth and Sun and will not be visible from Earth.


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