November 2017 – Where to look for the planets

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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

Mercury, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 7.30 pm AEST / 8.30 pm AEDT on Monday 13 November 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mercury, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 7.30 pm AEST / 8.30 pm AEDT on Monday 13 November 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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.

Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 4.15 am AEST / 5.15 am AEDT on Thursday 16 November 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 4.15 am AEST / 5.15 am AEDT on Thursday 16 November 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

21 November 2017 – Moon, Mercury and Saturn finder chart – Early evening twilight sky

Moon, Venus and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo 'The Lion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 4.45 am AEST on Monday 18 September 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury and Saturn finder chart. Chart prepared for 7.30 pm AEST / 8.30 pm AEDT on Tuesday 21 November 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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