November brings Murcury’s transit

Star Gazing


The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

The last star party of the year will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at the club’s viewing location. Signs are out at 6 p.m.


1. Jupiter is in the south-southwest all evening.

2. Venus is in the evening sky this month. Look for it in the south-southwest soon after sunset where it joins Jupiter around Nov. 23 and 24.

3. Saturn is also moving to the southwest where it is to the upper left of Jupiter and Venus.

4. Mars is in the morning sky this month. Look for it in the east just before the sun rises.

5. Uranus reached opposition on the night of Oct. 27, so it will be visible in the east near sunset, move to the south at midnight and set in the west about sunrise. It will be in Aries the Ram. Look at the finder charts in Astronomy and Sky and Telescope magazines.

6. The Leonid meteor shower peaks on the evening of Nov. 17, but will be severely hampered by the bright moon. Look for them in the southeast after midnight.

7. The big event for the month will be Mercury’s transit of the sun on Nov. 11. Mercury will be well into the transit when the sun rises in the east. You will need a solar filtered telescope to see it.

For more information, call the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2019-10-25