Sky Notes and next Observing Evening

First, please accept my apologies for not being able to put together an observing evening in October.  In fact there were a couple of opportunities, but it just didn’t work out that I could go.

Anyway, on to November’s night sky…


Jupiter and Saturn are too close to the Sun (or behind the Sun) for now, Mercury too, and Venus is moving away from the Sun but visible in the early morning.

Mars is about 30° above the southern horizon in the evening, so a good target for observing.

Uranus is in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius, so both also possible to find in the evening.


Periodic comet 46P/Wirtanen is brightening as expected, and due to reach perihelion on 12 December with closest approach to Earth on 15 December.  It should be observable in November as it brightens: at the start of November 46P only pops up above the southern horizon for a couple of hours around midnight, but by the end of the month it will rise at around 6pm and transit four hours later at 17° above the horizon.  

Don’t forget to look at Ian Morison’s Sky Notes on the Jodrell Bank website.


click map for details

  • Date:  in November, weather dependent… watch this space
  • Time:  7pm
  • Place: Boundary Bank Lane car park… click map for more information

I think you all know the system by now: check here every day or so to see whether the weather forecast is offering us a clear evening.  As the prospective date approaches, I will keep a close eye on the forecast and update the page more frequently.

When the observing evening is confirmed as definitely going ahead, the text here will change from red to blue.  DO NOT TURN OUT IF THE TEXT IS STILL RED, as there won’t be anyone there!