Moon meeting with Jupiter, Pleiades and Orion belt: when Ukrainians will be able to observe unique phenomena in the sky
The period from November 20 to 26 is ideal for observing the sky. Certain phenomena can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope, or even with the naked eye.
Astronomers say that with the approach of winter, it will be possible to see the rings of Saturn, the meeting of the Moon with Jupiter, the Pleiades, and the famous stars of Orion. Details were provided by Forbes.
Monday, November 20: Crescent Moon and Saturn
The Moon reaches the first quarter phase - after dark, it will be visible in the south. As a bonus, the ringed planet Saturn will be on a trajectory of only 5° to the east. This is a great opportunity to use a small telescope to see Saturn's rings and the moon's surface - and you can do so right after dark.
Friday, November 24: Moon and Jupiter
After dark, look east and you'll see the growing Moon shining directly over Jupiter.
Saturday, November 25: Moon and Jupiter
In the evening, the growing Moon will be 97% illuminated, and on the eve of the full Moon, it will shine to the left of Jupiter.
Sunday, November 26: The Moon and the Pleiades
If you look at the sky in the southeast at dusk, you will see a beautiful, almost full Moon. Wait until it gets dark and look again. Now focus just above the bright satellite. This foggy area is the Pleiades, an open star cluster about 440 light-years from the solar system.
You can see the Pleiades with the naked eye in the night sky, but for more detail, you should use binoculars. Astronomers note that telescopes are definitely not needed - the Pleiades are best seen with minimal optical equipment.
Constellations of the week: Orion
If you want to take a look at the famous constellation Orion, wait a few hours after it gets dark and look to the east. You will see that Orion's belt seems to be rising slightly sideways. This phenomenon is also known as the "Three Kings", and consists of Alnitacus, Annilam, and Mintacus, the three blue supergiants. You can also see the four stars that cover this belt: bright Betelgeuse and dim Belatrix on the left and the brighter Rigel and darker Saif on the right.
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