The RASC supports a number of observing programs and initiatives designed to help members and others get the most out of their involvement with amateur astronomy. The RASC's Observing Certificate program provides you with a structured program that will allow you to explore the night sky and earn a certificate in the process. Observing sections allow members to find out more information about specialized observing topics. Finally, selected resources are provided to help you get the most out of your observing experience.
The RASC's Observing Programs are supported and managed by the RASC Observing Committee. Participation in this committee is welcome. To reach the committee you may e-mail the Observing Committee Chair.
Planets This Month
The Solar System: November 2014
The Moon begins the month just past first quarter, only a few days away from full phase on the 6th.
|Mercury||Mercury is in prime viewing posture during the first weeks of November–the most favourable morning apparition for northern observers.|
Venus is not visible during the month.
|Mars||Mars is low in the western horizon at sunset, nudging up close to the globular cluster M22 on the 6th. The Red Planet is slowly moving over toward Neptune, closing in on a conjunction early in 2015.|
Jupiter appears in the east just after midnight, among the stars of Leo, The Lion.
Saturn is not visible during the month.
Uranus is in a good position for viewing, crossing the sky throughout the night in the constellation Pisces, The Fish. The green gas planet is retrograding–apparently moving westward against the starry background.
Neptune is well placed for evening viewing with a telescope. The distant planet sets around midnight, retrograding until mid-month.