Planets in the sky over Syracuse, Italy: From left to right, Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter trail the Moon above the Basilica Sanctuary of Our Lady of Tears in Syracuse, Italy. This month, the same planets will similarly stretch along the ecliptic.
Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn dominate the evening sky with lots of planetary action in November. Highlights include Venus’ quickly changing phase; Jupiter’s atmosphere, Great Red Spot, and Galilean moon transits; and Saturn’s stunning rings. Uranus reaches opposition and is on view all night, and for a bigger challenge, hunt down distant Neptune.
Venus visits the Lagoon: Astrophotographers won’t want to miss this shot: On Nov. 6, Venus sits less than 3° south of the Lagoon Nebula (M8).
Venus crosses into Sagittarius Nov. 1 and is visible within half an hour of sunset, low and bright in the southern sky. At magnitude –4.5, it is unmistakable. Venus crosses the broad swath of the Milky Way during...