(farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 405,721 km; angular
(23° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
at 17:47 UT. Start of lunation 1149.
(north) meteor shower peaks.
Meteors often appear slow moving (28 km/sec) with the occasional
very bright fireball.
Taurids (Gary Kronk)
(15° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT.
(evening sky) at 10h UT.
at superior conjunction
with the Sun at 15h UT. Occulted by the Sun. The elusive planet
passes into the evening sky.
meteor shower peaks
at 4h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in
1533. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10 to 15
meteors per hour under dark skies. Best viewed after midnight.
Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
Over Monument Valley (APOD)
at 6:27 UT.
(closest to Earth) at 20h UT (362,817 km; angular size 32.9').
near the Pleiades
(midnight sky) at 17h UT.
(172° from Sun, midnight sky) at 10h UT.
4.2° NNE from Spica
(43° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.2 and +1.0.
near Beehive cluster
(120° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)