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Astronomy Report: Week of 11/23-11/30

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 7:48 AM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Several interesting events are happening in the sky this week and this month. Meteorologist Chris Holtzman has the details in this week’s Astronomy Report.

Full moon taken by Warren Faught.
Full moon taken by Warren Faught.(WHSV)

ISS Viewing (Most Viewable)

Date and TimeTime VisibleMaximum Height (Degrees above the horizon)Direction it AppearsDirection it Disappears
Mon Nov 23, 7:05 PM4 min49°appears above Wdisappears above NE

Interesting Fact: The Winter Solstice is on Monday, December 21st which signifies the start of winter for the Northern Hemisphere. There will be 9 hours and 28 minutes of daylight, the shortest of the year.

Moon Phases & Next Full Moon:

Moon PhaseDate and Time
Full MoonNovember 30, 4:30 AM
Third Quarter MoonDecember 7, 7:36 AM
New MoonDecember 14, 11:16 AM
First Quarter MoonDecember 21, 6:41 PM

The Beaver Moon is on Monday, November 30th. The moon falls in line with the time of year when beavers start to take shelter in their lodges, having stored a sufficient amount of food for the winter.

Planet Viewing

Morning:

Look in the east sky roughly one hour before sunrise for Mercury and Venus.

Evening/Night:

Look in the southwest sky at nightfall for Mars at Jupiter around dusk. The brightest star in the eastern half of the sky will be Mars. The brighter sky in the western half of the sky will be Jupiter.

Look in the southwest sky for Saturn when the sky gets darker, the planet will be slightly east of Jupiter.

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