Director of Observations
Dundee Astronomical Society
Sky Map for 15th November @ 22:00 UT
Illustration Courtesy of www.heavensabove.com
Full Moon 4th November
Third Quarter 10th November
New Moon 18th November
First Quarter 26th November
Did You Know?
3rd November 1957 Sputnik 2 carrying the dog Laika was launched by the USSR
28th November 1964 Mariner 4 launched.
29th November 1967 The first Australian satellite WRESAT-1 was launched.
12th November 1980 Voyager 1 passes by Saturn
16th November 1973. The last visit by a crew to Skylab took place.
I have already mentioned Albireo as a lovely double star.
1. Look to the constellation Andromeda and find the star Almach and let us see what you find?
2. M33 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Triangulum at magnitude of +5.7. Should be seen in binoculars or you can use a medium scope for a better view, have a
Jim's Focus of the Month
Aries is located between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for ram. Although Aries came to represent specifically the ram whose fleece
became the Golden Fleece of Ancient Greek mythology, it has represented a ram since late Babylonian times. Before that, the stars of Aries formed a farmhand. Diverse
cultures have incorporated the stars of Aries into different constellations including twin inspectors in China and a porpoise in the Marshall Islands. Aries is a relatively dim
constellation, possessing only four bright stars: Hamal (Alpha Arietis, second magnitude), Sheratan (Beta Arietis, third magnitude), Mesarthim (Gamma Arietis, fourth
magnitude), and 41 Arietis (also fourth magnitude). The few deep-sky objects within the constellation are quite faint and include several pairs of interacting galaxies.
Several meteor showers appear to radiate from Aries, including the Daytime Arietids and the Epsilon Arietids. Although Aries does not have a lot of deep sky objects it is
still worth exploring.
Hope you all remembered to put your timepieces back 1 hour at the end of September putting us back on UT?
Hopefully this month will start with clearer skies at night and provide an opportunity for you to get some serious observing in. Certainly, for me, this year so far has
been dismal with little or no opportunity to do any observing.
Returning in full glory to the night skies will be some of your (hopefully) favourites, Orion and Leo, and with Cygnus still visible another opportunity to capture the
beauty of the double star Albireo, a fabulous Yellow and Orange double. Another asterism to view is the Winter Triangle consisting of Betelgeuse in Orion, Procyon in
Canis Minor and Sirius in Canis Major constellations.
Unfortunately, clear skies are not a given, so let’s hope we get a few good nights.
Taurids - Peaks on 4th November, with a ZHR of 5-10. Unfortunately, the full moon will be in the way so if the skies are clear it will still be difficult to spot any meteors.
The Taurids are unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is
produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. Again, as always you will get a better view of any meteors if you look to the side of the radiant rather than directly
Leonids - is an average meteor shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak (ZHR). This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years
where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. The last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. It
peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. With a new moon, and clear skies this is a good opportunity to do some meteor spotting.
Oct 2017 Sky Notes
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Mercury Located in Ophiuchus, but is poorly positioned for much of the month. At an altitude of 3 deg it is going to be very difficult to view.
Venus Unfortunately is a morning object rising at approximately 90 minutes before the Sun in Virgo.
Mars Again, this is a morning object and located in Virgo.
Jupiter Another morning object but best viewed at the end of the month at around 06:20 UT.
Saturn Located in Ophiuchus, and at an altitude of 6 deg is going to be difficult to view, look out for the planet at approximately 18:00 UT
Uranus Located in Pisces, at an altitude of 46 deg probably best time to view on the 1st of the month at 18:00 UT.
Neptune Is well positioned all month and located Aquarius, look for the planet on the 1st of the month at 20:20 UT.
Comet 24P/Schaumasse is located near the eastern leg of constellation Leo at a magnitude +10. From the graphic below, it is tracking south going below the Leo Triplets
M65, M66 and NGC 3628. The comet can be seen all month from the 1st, but the full moon will get in the way from the 17th onwards. View with binoculars, or a medium
telescope. Image courtesy of Sky at Night Magazine.
NGC 772 is a spiral galaxy with an integrated magnitude of 10.3, located southeast of β Arietis and 15 arcminutes west of 15 Arietis. It is a relatively bright galaxy and
shows obvious nebulosity and ellipticity in an amateur telescope. This galaxy also has a small companion galaxy, NGC 770, that is about 113,000 light-years away from
the larger galaxy.
NGC 678 and NGC 680 are a pair of galaxies in Aries that are only about 200,000 light-years apart. Part of the NGC 691 group of galaxies, both are at a distance of
approximately 130 million light-years. NGC 678 is an edge-on spiral galaxy that is 4.5 by 0.8 arcminutes. NGC 680, an elliptical galaxy with an asymmetrical boundary.
Nov. 2017 Sky Notes
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