The Nighttime Sky for November-December, 2020:

The Planets:
The period begins with Jupiter and Saturn side-by-side medium high in the SW at sunset. Watch the two as they appear closer and closer to each other and by December 20 will be 'touching' each other in the sky view (but will be nearly a half billion miles apart). Mars is still dominate in the eastern sky at dusk and is high overhead by 10 pm. Mars is shining a bright fiery ruddy red but is rapidly fading from it -2.6 magnitude on October 13 to around -2 now. Venus is still dominating the morning sky shining extremely bright in the east about an hour before sunrise. Mercury is visible at well in the eastern morning sky. Uranus will be dimly visible in the darkest areas and easily seen in small telescopes high in the east around 7 pm.

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Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


The Heavens
Autumn is the season of the Pleiades rising in the NE shortly after sunset and is seen as a fuzzy patch of stars. This is followed by Orion the Hunter which means that winter is not far behind. The Andromeda galaxy (M31) and one of its companion's, the Triangulum galaxy (M33) and are high in the ENE by 7 pm. One of the gems in the deep-space sky is the Rosette Nebula and is located near Orion. The Crab Nebula, the results of a star that exploded, rises around midnight while another exploded star forming the Helix Nebula, rises around sunset and is medium high in the southern sky at midnight. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my 'Heavenly Backyard'.)

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North America Nebula

The Pleiades

Orion Nebula

Rosette Nebula

Crab Nebula

Helix Nebula

Andromeda Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of Savannahpat.name and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.