Welcome to the New Moon Reporter! This newsletter is for observational amateur astronomers. It includes monthly astronomy highlights, special events, lunar calendar, planet and deep sky object observational tips as well as links to a constellation of the month. It's made available by AstronomyLog.com. Visit us for more great astronomy tips.
Special Event: Southern observers can see the moon partially eclipse the sun. When I say southern, I mean really south. It will be seen only by those on the southern tip of Africa, on Tasmania and Antarctica. Is it worth a trip? You decide and let me know!
Best Dark Sky Weekend: The new moon occurs on the American holiday of Thanksgiving. That’s on a Thursday, so the best weekends for observing all night are Nov 18-20 and Nov 25-27.
Planets: Jupiter is just past opposition so it is a great target all night long. This is a good time to follow the paths of the four moons.
Constellation Focus: There are two circumpolar constellations highlighted this month: Cepheus and Tucana. One is visible only to northern observers and one for readers in the south.
Comet Watch: The brightest comet this month is the one that you may have been watching for the last three: Comet Garradd gives its last hurrah early in the month, and then drops below the horizon. Catch it early, if you can.
Begin to enjoy the long nights that start with Autumn astronomy!
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