Star By Night
ASTRONOMY

November starts with a waxing Moon

November is the centre of Autumn, whose epoch in astronomy is indicated by the the presence of the Square of Pegasus, unmistakable figure dominating the Eastern sky. In the Greek-Roman mythology, this fabulous winged horse is the protagonist with Perseus of the deliverance of the princess Andromeda from the claws of the sea monster. And this area hides too a few galaxies we can easily observe through a telescope, as well as other objects of great astrophysical interest as the multiple star Almach. And while the queen Cassiopeia shines higher and higher in the night sky, from the Canary islands we are surprised by the absence of one of the most popular constellations, the Great Bear, disappearing below the northern horizon. But to the West in the evening we are still able to observe the planet Saturn, near to set down in the West, after a number of months accompanying us in the summer nights.

November starts with a waxing Moon

November starts with a waxing Moon, reaching the full phase on day 12th., so the first week is therefore the best epoch for her observation. The small and large craters, the sharp peaks lost in the middle of immense lava seas, the highest ranges of mountains on the border of her highlands offer an fascinating view, which always leaves astonished children of all ages , Clear skies to everybody!

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