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  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 1 – 9 1 December 2023
    These moonless evenings now open up the deep sky, especially with the very clear air of low-humidity cold nights. The Dipper lies low, Cassiopeia stands high, and the Andromeda Galaxy crosses the zenith. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 1 – 9 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Get Ready to Greet the Geminid Meteor Shower! 29 November 2023
    The year's most spectacular meteor shower is upon us. Prepare to enjoy the Geminids under a dark, moonless sky, when you might see more than 100 meteors per hour. The post Get Ready to Greet the Geminid Meteor Shower! appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • Watch Jupiter's Moons in Unusual Lineups 29 November 2023
    You'll have five opportunities in the coming months to see Jupiter's moons in interesting alignments. The post Watch Jupiter's Moons in Unusual Lineups appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Joe Rao
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 24 – December 3 24 November 2023
    This Tuesday the 28th we will see the Moon rise in twilight as far north as it possibly can. Do you know why? The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 24 – December 3 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • How Did the Ancients Predict Eclipses? The Saros Cycle 20 November 2023
    Before the advent of computers or even a working theory of the solar system, the ancients predicted solar eclipses. How did they do it? The post How Did the Ancients Predict Eclipses? The Saros Cycle appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Fred Espenak
  • Watch Uranus's Moon Titania Cover a Star Monday Night 20 November 2023
    Observers across much of the U.S. and Canada have a unique opportunity Monday night, November 20–21, to see Uranus's brightest moon occult a star. The post Watch Uranus's Moon Titania Cover a Star Monday Night appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 17 – 26 17 November 2023
    The bright gibbous Moon this week passes Saturn, then Jupiter, inviting telescopes of all sizes. And as winter approaches, Orion rises earlier and earlier. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 17 – 26 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Jupiter's Great Red Spot Just Keeps Getting Smaller 15 November 2023
    Jupiter's Great Red Spot may be reaching a milestone this year by shrinking to its smallest size in recorded observational history. The post Jupiter's Great Red Spot Just Keeps Getting Smaller appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • Asteroid Will Cover Betelgeuse, May Reveal Its Visible Surface 12 November 2023
    Astronomers are gearing up for an unusual celestial event: an asteroid’s occultation of an iconic star. The post Asteroid Will Cover Betelgeuse, May Reveal Its Visible Surface appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Jan Hattenbach
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 10 – 19 10 November 2023
    The crescent Moon slips down into the sunrise and then up in the afterglow of sunset, guiding the way to the last stars of Sagittarius right after dark. A few days later it passes Saturn. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 10 – 19 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert