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Full Moon (diameter: 29.551', declination: 19.44°) at 20:16.1 UT, 10th November

This is the second most northernly full moon of the year. The next more northernly full moon is on the 10th December, 2011



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Mars is near Regulus on the 10th November, 2011.



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Mercury is near Antares on the 10th November, 2011.



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The Moon is close to Jupiter, Separation 4.3°, at 16.35 UT, 9th November.



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Neptune is Stationary, Getting Prograde, on the 9th November.



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Google earth file: Neptune, November 8, 2011.kmz (1kb, kmz)



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Lunar apogee (distance to moon center: 399817.6 km, apparent diameter: 29'53.3") at 13:06.7 UT, 8th November.



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November Meteor Showers

I wish I had good news for the meteor showers of November, but several conditions this year conspire to diminish what can be seen. First up this month is the minor shower called the North Taurids, which peak around the 12th. The peak rate is a paltry five meteors per hour, and the Moon will be just past full (4:16pm on the 10th). Bright moonlight will flood the sky all night, so I wouldnt expect to see many North Taurids.
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November brings tiny Mercury into focus.
During the first half of the month, Mercury and Venus travel together on the southwest horizon after sunset, and on Nov. 13 are only 2 degrees apart. On Nov. 26, on the southwest horizon sits a very thin crescent of the waxing moon, less than 2 days old, right between these two innermost planets. On Nov. 10, Mercury is less than 2 degrees from Antares, the bright red star in Scorpius.

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First Quarter Moon (declination: -13.65°) at 16:38.2 UT, 2nd November.



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