November 2018 – 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 2018.

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 (including Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).

9 November 2018 – Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares in bright evening twilight

Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the Western horizon. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST / 8 pm AEDT on Friday 9 November 2018 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.

11 November 2018 – Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Antares at end of evening twilight

Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the Western horizon. Chart prepared for 7.45 pm AEST / 8.45 pm AEDT on Sunday 11 November 2018 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 2018 – Moon and Mars – Early evening sky

Moon and Mars finder chart. Look above the North Eastern horizon. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Friday 16 November 2018 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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