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Venus is the bright "star" in the southeast morning sky.

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Jupiter's Moons

November 25, 2010

19:16 UT, Io begins transit of Jupiter.
20:34 UT, Io's shadow begins to cross Jupiter.
21:32 UT, Io ends transit of Jupiter.
22:50 UT, Io's shadow leaves Jupiter's disk.

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Jupiter's Moons

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
22:02 UT, Io enters occultation behind Jupiter.
22:54 UT, Europa begins transit of Jupiter.

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The Leonid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday.
The meteor shower is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Tonights debris originates from the comet's passage in 1533. Expect about 25 to 30 meteors an hour with good observing conditions.
The Leonids are so named because the meteors appear to come from the constellation Leo in the sky.

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Leonid meteor shower to peak Thursday

Leonid meteor shower will peak Thursday but there can be disappointment for sky gazers as the moon is expected to wash out the celestial fireworks of the night sky.
The leonid showers, known for their outbursts over the period 1998-2002, are the most famous meteors observable during the year.

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Two modest meteor showers occur the first half of November. The North Taurids peak November 5 and the South Taurids peak about Nov. 12. The Taurid showers both have very broad peaks. Watch for Taurid meteors coming from the constellation Taurus, the Bull, high in the east just after midnight.  Both Taurid showers are thought to be debris from comet Encke.
The Leonids meteor shower is the best shower of November and one of the best showers of the year. This year it is predicted to peak about 4:00 p.m., CST, November 17. That is during the day and unfortunately the waxing gibbous moon will brighten the night sky.

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Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m., and that means night falls an hour earlier - so check out the seven sisters shining down from the eastern sky in the constellation Taurus.
Above and to the right of Orion is a famous little star cluster known as the Pleiades (M45). From late autumn through winter it rises around sunset and crosses the sky all night, appearing directly overhead at midnight.

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The Taurid Meteor Shower, featuring about 10-15 visible events per hour -- as seen under clear, dark skies -- peaks this year on the morning of Thursday, November 4. Best times for viewing are approximately 10pm to 3am.
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The highlight of this week's viewing will be the Southern Taurids Meteor Shower on the night of Nov. 6-7. Thanks to a new moon on Nov. 6, the best viewing will probably be between midnight and 1 a.m. or later. Look towards the constellation Taurus, which should be almost directly overhead.
Taurid meteors are known for being slower moving and often produce fireballs.

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