Last star party of 2017 in November

Star Gazing


The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly program Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The last star party of the year will be held Saturday, Nov. 17. Signs will be out at 5:30 p.m., with viewing at 6 p.m.

November Celestial Calendar:

1. Jupiter moves to the morning sky where it joins Venus in a very close conjunction on the Nov. 13. Look for them in the east-southeast 45 minutes before sunrise. Thereafter, Venus moves lower and Jupiter moves higher the rest of the month.

2. Mars is also in the morning sky but is to the upper right

Of Jupiter and Venus.

3. Saturn appears in the southwest after sunset where is sets two hours after the sun on the first and one hour after the sun at the end of the month.

4. Mercury moves to the evening sky where it can be seen low in the southwest the last half of the month.

5. Uranus, just past opposition, can be seen in the east after sunset.

6. The annual Leonid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Nov. 17.

For additional information contact the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143 or visit

Story First Published: 2017-10-27