Highlights of the November Sky 2018: Saturn Sets After Sun in SW Sky and Venus Becomes More Visible AM


In November, look for the constellations Pisces, Aries, and Triangulum in the night sky.

Saturn sets in the southwest sky in November, but will move toward departing the night sky through the month as it sets earlier and earlier and moves toward the sun at sunset. On January 2, 2018 Saturn sets about the same time as the sun — about 4:32 p.m.

Saturn set times …

9:01 p.m. on November 1, 2018

8:12 p.m. on November 15, 2018

7:20 p.m. on November 30, 2018.

Mars set times …

12:44 a.m. on November 1, 2018

12:34 a.m. on November 15, 2018

12:25 a.m. on November 30, 2018,

Venus appears as a “morning star” about 30 minutes before the Sun on November 1, 2018 and rises earlier as November progresses. Venus is visible as a crescent with a modest telescope.

Venus rises at …

5:50 a.m. on November 1, 2018

5:25 a.m. on November 15, 2018

4:39 a.m. on November 30, 2018.

Two Meteor Showers in November
Taurid meteor showers, peak night November 5-6, 2018 especially in the eastern sky. The Taurid meteor shower features 5 to 10 meteors per hour on its peak night.

Leonid meteor showers, peak night November 17 night to November 18 morning. Leonid meteors radiating from the constellation of Leo.

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