Night sky by a forest

Eyes on the skies — November

Welcome to the Ontario Parks “Eyes on the Skies” series. This will cover a wide range of astronomy topics with a focus on what can be seen from the pristine skies found in our provincial parks.

November usually brings our first snows and the opportunity for some great outdoor adventures.

The early sunset and later sunrise provides us with almost fifteen hours of darkness in which to observe nighttime splendors.

Here are our astronomical highlights for November:

The sun

The sun continues its southerly drop in altitude throughout November. This makes for a later sunrise and earlier sunset.

French River sunset

November 1 November 15 November 30
Sunrise 8:05 am 7:26 am 7:46 am
Midday 1:07 pm 12:08 pm 12:12 pm
Sunset 6:08 pm 4:50 pm 4:39 pm

Don’t forget to fall back to Eastern Standard Time (from Eastern Daylight Time) on the morning of November 4!

The moon and the planets

The moon and a star

The planets

Mars is visible in the south at sunset. While not nearly as bright as it was in the summer, it is still a beautiful reddish object.

skychart showing the moon and mars
Sky chart images courtesy of SkySafari 6 Pro

On the night of November 15, look to see the moon and Mars appear close to each other in the sky.

November’s Lunar Phases are as follows:

lunar cycle

Featured constellations: the epic of Andromeda and Perseus

In this month’s edition, we trace an ancient Greek myth across six constellations.

Find this story of heroes, princesses and sea monsters here.

Diagram of constellations

This completes our review of the November skies…

Check back next month to learn more about the winter solstice, the Geminid meteor shower, and Monoceros the Unicorn.