Cut Moon, Evening Planetary Sagittarius – When the Curves Line Up

November 16, 2022: Before sunrise, the moon is near the sickle of the lion. During the evening, the three bright outer planets – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – appear along an arc across the sky.

Chart Caption – 2022, November 16: Almost a quarter of the moon is near the Sickle of Leo before sunrise.

by Jeffrey L Hunt

Chicago, IL: sunrise, 6:42 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:29 p.m. DST. Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

Great Red Spot transit times, when you are in the center of the planet in the Southern Hemisphere: 2:05 UT, 12:01 UT, 21:56 UT; November 17, 7:52 UTC. Convert the time to your time zone. In the US, subtract five hours for EST, six hours for CST, and so on. Use a telescope to see the spot.

Here are today’s planet predictions:

morning sky

The moon, 51% lit and in its last quarter phase at 7:27 a.m., is more than two-thirds of the way in the sky. It is located near the Sickle of Leo and 8.0 ° to the top right of Regulus, below the handle of the sickle.

The lion is a lion facing west and is somewhat similar to the name itself. The sickle outlines the head, while the rosettes are dotted in a triangle with Denibula’s tail at the eastern end.

The star above Regulus is called Eta Leonis (η Leo). Later in the day, the moon covers or obscures Eta for sky watchers in Asia. See this source for specific information.

Caption on the chart – 2022, November 16: Mars in the western sky before sunrise.

Bright Mars is located in the far west, and less than halfway in the west, approximately between the two horns of Taurus – Elnath and Zeta Tauri.

The red planet is receding in front of the stars of Taurus. This delusion began on October 30The tenth It will last until about mid-January 2023.

Earth quickly catches up with Mars, passing between the sun and planet on December 7The tenth. As our planet moves between the two, the line of sight from Earth—which typically moves east against the stars—turns toward the west, making the planet appear to be moving toward the west.

Topaz Arcturus and Sapphire Spica continue to appear higher each morning in the eastern sky. Arcturus is located approximately a third of the way in the east, while Spica is lower in the east and southeast. Arcturus is becoming more and more difficult to see in the evening sky.

Vega is the next bright star to appear in the morning sky. Like Arcturus, Vega is far north enough to make its first appearance in the morning while still shining bright in the west after sunset.

The stars in the far south, to skywatchers in the northern hemisphere, disappear in the west, and appear during the day—but they are overtaken by the sun, and then make their first appearance in the morning.

Sky watchers in the Southern Hemisphere see the opposite. Arcturus and Vega disappear in the evening twilight and then reappear in the morning sky. For them, Sirius appears in the evening sky when he appears in the morning sky.

evening sky

Chart Caption – 2022, November 16: Jupiter and Saturn sparkle from the southeast sky after sunset.

Venus and Mercury slowly appear in the west after sunset. Mercury is located nine minutes after sunset. Venus follows 11 minutes later.

When the sky gets dark, bright Jupiter is in the southeast. Its decline ends in about a week against a faint star field.

The star Deneb Keetos – the tail of a sea monster – falls under the Jovian Giant. It is located about a third of the distance from the horizon to the star.

Roughly located in the south, Dimmer Saturn moves east near Nashira and Deneb Algedi in the east of Capricorn.

Look for the star Fomalhaut – southern fishmouth – low in the southeast.

Regular readers and podcast listeners may notice that there are many denibs in the sky. This morning, the lion’s tail – Denebola – was mentioned. Deneb Keetos and Deneb Algedi – other tails on the constellations – in the evening sky.

Chart Commentary – 2022, November 16: Mars is in the eastern sky four hours after sunset.

Mars rises about two hours after sunset. Two hours later, the elevation was about 20 degrees in the east and northeast. Jupiter is in the south and Saturn is low in the southwest, about the same altitude as Mars.

These bright exoplanets curve across the sky from east to northeast to southwest. These three planets appear in this configuration earlier each week. At the close of the year, Venus and Mercury join them after sunset, forming a parade of five bright planets. Dimmer Neptune and Uranus are located along the arc as well. The moon joins them on December 24The tenth-28The tenth Before Mercury leaves the western sky. Standing on Earth, the other seven planets of the modern solar system model are seen across the sky.

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