What's in the Sky: November


November 6, 2019

With November, our rainy season is normally in full swing. That's important, as precipitation replenishes our landscapes after a dry summer, and we begin to build a mountain snowpack. Alas, this means lots of cloudy skies and limited opportunities for stargazing. But when the clouds do part, enjoy the view of fresh snow in the mountains, and look skyward when darkness comes!

There is an interesting event on the morning of Nov. 11, one that will not be repeated until 2032. That is a transit of the planet Mercury in front of the Sun. On that morning, little Mercury will sit right between Earth and the Sun and can be seen as a small dot in front of old Sol. The transit will be in progress wh...

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