Sky Map

Evening sky in November 2020

As Scorpius (scorpion) makes its final appearance low in the west, look to the east to welcome back the constellation Orion as it reappears in our evening skies. In Greek mythology, the mighty hunter Orion bragged he could defeat all animals. Not impressed, Gaia (goddess of Earth) sent the wily Scorpius to battle him who, in the ensuing battle, eventually defeated Orion. Both constellations were honored with a place in the night skies, but on opposite sides of our celestial sphere – forever chasing each other across the night skies. 

Towards the north, search for the Great Square of stars belonging to Pegasus (winged horse). One of our neighboring galaxies, Andromeda, lies just below the stars in the horse’s back leg (requires dark conditions). November is also the ideal time to observe three naked-eye galaxies in one sitting, including the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds in the south. 

The Moon will be in our evening skies until 5 November, returning on 16 November with Full Moon on 30 November. Venus dazzles as a bright morning object, and the reddish Mars appears for most of the evening. Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the early evening, appearing attractively close to the crescent Moon on the 19 November.  

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