Welcome to the fall 2012 version of El Cielo, highlighting the more visible movements of the heavenly objects above Todos Santos. Keep this list close at hand and enjoy the sky.
We have two major meteor showers this period, and again this year there won’t be much interference from the moon… also lots of conjunctions and pretty views.
16th - a bit of a challenge – look for the new moon low in the sunset with Mercury 2 º above and to the left. That is Mars further above and more left…
21st/22nd – The Orionid meteor shower peaks on the 21st, but try any night after the 17th. Best after moonset.
1st - Jupiter and the moon rise together about 8PM (if you reset your clock).
11th – Venus rises with a thin crescent moon at about 4AM.
12th - An even thinner crescent moon rises with Saturn just before sunrise, Venus above.
14th – should be able to see the new moon in the sunset.
15th – that is Mars 6º above and left of the moon.
16th - The Leonids are active through about the 20th of November. This year the peak is predicted for the night of the 16th/17th. The moon sets early, so any time after midnight should be good.
26th – Venus and Saturn pass within ½º of each other before sunrise in the east. Venus is heading toward the sun to become an “evening star” for a while.
28th – The full moon rises with Jupiter above it in the east a little after sunset.
Put on your advance calendar the Geminid meteor shower for the 13/14th of December…
For more information, check out the web links below, call me on my cell phone 612 348 5468, or visit my new office – in Plaza Antigua – upstairs, unit #9 - Pescadero Properties, # XXXX on the TS map.
Links of interest:
Tropic of Cancer – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axial_tilt#values &
Time - http://www.time.gov/ and http://www.worldtimeserver.com/
Satellites - http://www.heavens-above.com/ user “elcalendario”
Weekly Sky Report - http://www.griffithobs.org/skyreport.html or http://www.space.com/spacewatch/sky_calendar.html
Saturn – http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm
Meteor Shower - http://www.imo.net/calendar/2012
All Things Astronomical – http://www.calsky.com