November’s been a wonderful month for conjunctions (close approaches) of the planets and moon. Tonight’s no exception. Jupiter and the Full Beaver Moon will be little more than one degree apart in the east all night long. I guarantee a lot of dazzle – this pairing is close enough to get the attention of anyone who happens to look up. Be sure to check it out.
The two will be closest around 5:30 p.m. (CST). Since the moon is full and rises around sunset, you not only have a great opportunity to see how soon you can spot Jupiter after moonrise but also a chance to photograph the pair during twilight with an interesting foreground scene. For Duluth, Minn. the moon comes up at 4:38 p.m. To find the time for your town, just click HERE.
If you stay up late, you’ll see the moon slowly slide under the planet as it heads east in its orbit around Earth. Have a scope or binoculars? Take a closer look at Jupiter – all four of its brightest moons will be lined up on either side of the planet.
You should be able to spot Europa and Callisto, the two farthest from the planet, with binoculars. A scope will show all four with ease. Enjoy the show!