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The planet Jupiter is close to the Moon in the constellation Capricornus.

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Away from city lights, look in the southeastern sky in the early evening and you may see the Andromeda Galaxy, next-door neighbour to our Milky Way Galaxy.
Remember the movie "The Andromeda Strain"? Well that's what your eyes will have to do to spot the grand island of stars.

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Asteroid 1998 VF32 has just passed  the Earth. (0.043 AU)

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Leonid meteor showers to light up night sky on Monday
The night sky would light up for the next couple of days with Leonid meteor shower expected to peak on Tuesday. Experts say skywatchers would be able to witness the spectacle of about 15-20 shooting stars every hour during this time.

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Mercury reaches superior conjunction with the Sun on the 5th as it passes directly behind the Suns disk.
Venus begins to slowly sink in the eastern sky. Early this month it rises about an hour and a half before the Sun

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Emblazoned across the evening sky is Pegasus, the ancient constellation representing the mythical winged steed. From the West Island you will easily find the chest area of Pegasus marked out by four stars forming a giant square, known as the Great Square of Pegasus. To track it down, simply face the southeastern sky all season long.
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Astronomers are predicting an exceptional year for the annual Leonid meteor shower, which will peak two weeks from today. The Leonids are among the best meteor displays on the astronomical calendar. November nights (with luck) can be clear and crisp, and this shower has occasionally ramped up to very high - even storm - rates.
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Tomorrow morning, just after midnight, wait for Mars to get well up in the east (about 3 a.m.) and train a telescope or binoculars on it to watch it pass through the Beehive Cluster in Cancer.
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Venus is bright in the eastern sky before sunrise. Mars, gradually brightening, rising just before midnight in Cancer. Jupiter can be seen in the western sky in the early evening. Jupiter's four main moons, whose discovery by Galileo revolutionised astronomy, are readily seen with a small telescope or even with binoculars provided they are held rigidly. The other planets are not easily visible.

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