November 2017 – Where to look for the planets
Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in November 2017.
A few pointers:
- All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
- In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
- Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
- Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
- Chart times are given in AEST or Australian Eastern Standard Time. Remember to change for ‘Summer Time’ if this is in force in your location.
13 November 2017 – Mercury, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Early evening twilight sky
16 November 2017 – Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter finder chart – Morning twilight sky
The below grouping of planets plus the Moon will likely be very difficult to spot in the bright morning twilight. Of note, even if likely impossible to view is the close encounter between Venus and Jupiter on Tuesday 14 November 2017.
21 November 2017 – Moon, Mercury and Saturn finder chart – Early evening twilight sky