Sunday, November 4, 2018

Weekly Outlook for Week of 11-4-18

This week on the morning of the 6th, the Taurids meteor shower will peak. Under dark skies, 5-10
meteors per hour can be seen radiating from the constellation Taurus. Then on the 6th, Mercury will
reach its greatest Eastern elongation from the Sun, meaning that from our perspective, Mercury will
be at its farthest East from the Sun. This will make easier to view during the evening. And finally, on
the 7th, it will be the New Moon. With the Moon’s glare out of the way, viewing deep sky objects will
be unhampered by the Moon’s glow. Here are your planet rise/set times thanks to the US Navy!


Mercury:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        08:36 122 13:07 24S        17:37 238
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        08:38 123 13:07 24S        17:36 237
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        08:39 123 13:08 24S        17:36 237
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        08:40 123 13:08 24S        17:35 237
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        08:41 123 13:08 24S        17:35 237
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        08:41 123 13:08 23S        17:34 236
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        08:41 124 13:07 23S        17:33 236


Venus:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        05:26 110 10:33 33S        15:41 251
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        05:19 109 10:28 34S        15:37 251
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        05:12 108 10:23 34S        15:34 252
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        05:06 108 10:18 35S        15:30 252
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        05:00 107 10:13 35S        15:27 253
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        04:54 107 10:08 35S        15:23 253
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        04:48 107 10:04 36S        15:20 254      


Mars:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        13:36 111 18:40 32S        23:45 249
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        13:33 111 18:38 33S        23:44 250
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        13:30 110 18:37 33S        23:43 250
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        13:28 110 18:35 33S        23:43 250
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        13:25 110 18:33 33S        23:42 251
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        13:22 109 18:32 34S        23:41 251
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        13:20 109 18:30 34S        23:40 251       


Jupiter:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        07:54 116 12:43 29S        17:33 244
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        07:51 116 12:40 29S        17:30 244
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        07:48 116 12:37 29S        17:27 244
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        07:45 116 12:34 29S        17:23 244
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        07:42 116 12:31 29S        17:20 244
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        07:40 116 12:28 29S        17:17 244
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        07:37 116 12:25 29S        17:14 244                 


Saturn:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        10:43 121 15:17 25S        19:52 239
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        10:39 121 15:14 25S        19:48 239
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        10:36 121 15:10 25S        19:45 239
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        10:32 121 15:07 25S        19:41 239
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        10:28 121 15:03 25S        19:38 239
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        10:25 121 15:00 25S        19:34 239
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        10:21 121 14:56 25S        19:31 239


Uranus:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        16:04 75 22:46 59S        05:32 285
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        16:00 75 22:42 59S        05:28 285
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        15:56 75 22:38 59S        05:24 285
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        15:52 75 22:34 59S        05:20 285
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        15:48 75 22:30 59S        05:16 285
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        15:44 75 22:26 59S        05:11 285
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        15:40 75 22:21 59S        05:07 285  


Neptune:
2018 Nov 04 (Sun)        14:20 99 19:56 41S        01:35 261
2018 Nov 05 (Mon)        14:16 99 19:52 41S        01:31 261
2018 Nov 06 (Tue)        14:12 99 19:48 41S        01:27 261
2018 Nov 07 (Wed)        14:08 99 19:44 41S        01:23 261
2018 Nov 08 (Thu)        14:04 99 19:40 41S        01:19 261
2018 Nov 09 (Fri)        14:00 99 19:36 41S        01:15 261
2018 Nov 10 (Sat)        13:56 99 19:32 41S        01:12 261           


Mercury Elongations: As Mercury is much closer to the sun than Earth, it has a much faster orbit too.
As Mercury swings through its orbit, it reaches points where it appears to be at a greater distance
from the sun than other times (1 and 3.) This creates an Eastern or Western elongation.
Since Mercury is so close to the Sun, it typically gets lost in its glare. Because of this, elongations
provide us with our best chance of catching Mercury during the dawn or evening.  Another effect of
Mercury’s innermost orbit is sometimes it appears to pass in front of the Sun, resulting in a rare
eclipse (2.) In short, Mercury's orbit makes it appear as if it is swinging back and forth while it is
actually moving in an elliptical orbit around the Sun.
Image Credit: Calvin J. Hamilton



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