The Nantucket Sky in November 2013
The Maria Mitchell Observatory is named in honor of the first woman astronomer in the United States, a native of Nantucket.
In the fall and winter, MMO offers public stargazing free of charge twice a month at Loines Observatory (59 Milk Street), weather permitting. Please consult the MMA calendar for dates. Stargazing begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. The Observatory has two telescopes, a beautifully refurbished antique 8-inch Clark telescope and our new state-of-the-art 24-inch research telescope. The evening will include telescopic viewing of the Moon when possible (with the crater named after Maria Mitchell), exploding stars, star clusters, galaxies and other celestial objects, as well as a comprehensive tour of the constellations.
Your donations help keep our public stargazing nights free for everyone, so please support the Maria Mitchell Association!
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Quick glance: What’s in the sky over Nantucket right now!
1. The Sun
Sunrise (for the first and last days of the month): 7:11 am; 6:45 am
Sunset (for the first and last days of the month): 5:35 pm; 4:12 pm
New Moon: November 3rd First Quarter: November 9th Full Moon: November 17th Last Quarter: November 25th
The Moon is at its farthest position from the Earth (apogee) on November 22nd and at its closest position (perigee) on November 6th.
3. Planets visible with the unaided eye
Mercury: If you’re an early riser, you can see nearest planet to the Sun low in the eastern sky right before sunrise.
Venus: The closest planet to Earth, Venus shines like a brilliant star on the western horizon, setting about two hours after sunset.
Mars: The red planet rises in the eastern sky around 2 AM and remains visible until daybreak.
Jupiter: Jupiter rises in the east around 9 PM and arcs across the night sky until sunrise.
4. Meteor showers
The Leonids meteor shower peaks on November 16 and 17. It’s a modest shower that produces an average of 10 to 15 shooting stars per hour. Unfortunately the glare from the full Moon will make it difficult to see any but the brightest meteors.
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