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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: November 2001

November Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
1 FULL MOON 06001 am
2 Mercury is 5 degrees north of Spica, brightest star in the constellation Virgo. 09004 am
2 Venus is 4 degrees north of Spica. 12007 am
2 Jupiter appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 170012 pm
3 Saturn is 0 degrees 6 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 22005 pm
4 Mars is 2 degrees south of Neptune. 18001 pm
6 Jupiter is 1 degree 7 minutes south of the Moon. 07002 am
8 LAST QUARTER 12007 am
11 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 170012 pm
15 NEW MOON 07002 am
20 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 21004 pm
21 Mars is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 19002 pm
22 Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 02009 pm
(Nov. 21)
22 FIRST QUARTER 23006 pm
23 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 160011 am
26 Mars is 0 degrees 8 minutes south of Uranus. 10005 am
27 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is at opposition, that is, Vesta and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth. 170012 pm
30 FULL MOON—Blue Moon 21004 pm

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