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The Sky at Night for November 2016

Events in DARK text happen during darkness. LIGHT text during daylight, i.e. we can't see them.

Note: Times are calculated for Liverpool and will vary slightly across the UK

Planet Date Rises ? Transits ? Sets ?
Planet Event ? Date Time Sun Angle ? Each month, we identify the best constellations to be seen from the UK between 9pm and 10pm.

This month we'll be looking for the winter constellations of Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pisces,
which can be found way above our heads in the November night sky.

Night Sky in November

Andromeda - was named after an ancient Ethiopian princess. It is the 19th largest of the 88 modern constellations and contains just 3 bright stars, the brightest of which is Alpheratz. To find it, you need to face South and then look up until you locate four bright stars making up the shape of a box, known as the Great Square of Pegasus. Then look for a line of stars emerging from the top-left corner of the box - this is the constellation of Andromeda.

Cassiopeia - is named after the legendary Queen of Ethiopia, and mother of Andromeda. It is the 25th largest constellation and is dominated by 5 bright stars that make up the shape of a 'W'. Cassiopeia is one of the few contellations that is visible throughout the year from the UK, and is easily found by looking right above your head for that 'W' shape - taking care not to fall over backwards in the dark of course.

Pisces - is thought to represent the two fish into which the Greek characters Aphrodite and Eros (her son) transformed in order to escape great peril. The constellation is the 14th largest, but contains no bright stars to help us find it. Instead, 21 dimmer, but still visible, stars connect together to resemble the shape of two fish joined at the tail. Pisces is one of the 12 constellations through which the ecliptic passes and is therefore one of the signs of the zodiac. The ecliptic is an imaginary line across the night sky that the planets never stray far from during their orbits of the Sun. It marks out the plane of our Solar System, or alternatively, the direction of its rotation axis.