Look up tonight (November 11) to see the moon skate past Jupiter in the night sky.
The moon has been making a planetary tour across the sky all week, passing first in front of Venus, then Saturn and finally Jupiter, which it will cross tonight. The moon is currently in its first quarter phase, so it will appear as a “half moon” or half illuminated in the night sky.
The pair will snuggle up closely as the moon appears to slowly pass the gaseous planet, appearing just 4 degrees apart, according to Forbes. (Your clenched fist at arm’s length covers about 10 degrees of the sky.)
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Sky watchers could also enjoy the “shooting stars” in the night sky this evening, as the Taurid meteor shower continues. The annual meteor shower started around September 7 and will run through December 10. The event is the result of the Earth passing through the trail of debris left by comet 2P Encke.
After tonight’s conjunction (an astronomical term that refers to when two objects appear to be close together in the night sky), Jupiter will continue to provide a spectacle for sky watchers as the planet appears to be closing in on Saturn in the night sky until ‘in early December.
Also, keep an eye out for next week: On November 18 and 19, the moon will drift into Earth’s shadow, creating a partial lunar eclipse that will last a few hours overnight. Our Beaver Moon Lunar Eclipse Guide has details on the lunar event.
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The eclipse will be visible across North and South America, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific region. For those in the United States on the east coast, the eclipse will peak at 4 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. GMT), or 1 a.m. on the west coast, according to NASA.
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