Astronomy enthusiasts of Douglas county gather for monthly meeting the second Tuesday of each month
Now ONLINE ONLY
NEXT UA MEETING--Nov 9th 7 p.m.
The next UA meeting is Dec 14 at 7 p.m. PDT ONLINE ONLY. Please ask for Zoom Link and password to join the monthly meetings. Call UCC P. Morgan Observatory phone 541-440-4719 --leave a message for a return call
Sky Gazing Event Calendar- Nov. 2021
11/3 Moon and Mercury Dawn
11/4 New Moon/ Uranus opposition Evening
11/7 Moon and Venus Evening
11/9 Umpqua Astronomers Nov. Meeting 7 p.m. PST
11/11 1st Qt Moon Evening
11/12 Early Leonids Late night
11/17 Leonids peak bright moon until 4 a.m.
11/17 Moon near Uranus Evening
11/18-19 Nearly Total Lunar eclipse Late night Full Moon
11/27 Last Qt. Moon Late night
Evening Planet Parade
Tonight, as the sky darkens, look toward the southwest horizon to spot brilliant Venus. Scan across the southern sky to find bright Jupiter with Saturn. Each night this month, Venus will trek eastward. Our sister world will slowly close the 57-degree gap with Jupiter from Halloween to about 38 degrees on Thanksgiving night. Binocular observers can also find Neptune high in the southeast sky in Aquarius about 30 degrees to the left of bright Jupiter. Look another 52 degrees to the left of Neptune to find dim Uranus in Aries. All five planets are visible as the sky darkens. The moon visits Venus on the 7th, Saturn on the 10th, Jupiter on the 11th, Neptune on the 13th and makes a close call on Uranus on the 17th.
Mercury and Mars in the predawn sky
Tomorrow morning, look to the east southeast to spot Mercury in the predawn twilight sky. Mercury is losing altitude each morning but remains a bright target. Early risers on November 3rd will be treated to a nice trio of Mercury, an old Moon and the bright star Spica. Mercury’s predawn partner, Mars, pulls away from the rising sun’s glare after November 8th. As Mercury drops, Mars ascends. Look on the mornings of November 9,10,11th to see a close pairing of these worlds. First, locate Mercury and it will guide you to nearby but very dim Mars. The closest conjunction occurs on the morning of 10th with Mercury about a degree to the left of Mars. As Mars climbs away from the dawn sunrise, it will appear to pass very near the brightest star in the constellation Libra (Zubenelgenubi) on November 22nd. Both targets will require binoculars to spot.
Nearly Total Lunar Eclipse
If the weather cooperates, and that’s a big if, we should enjoy a near total lunar eclipse on the night of November 18-19th. Officially, this lunar eclipse is called a deep partial since only 97% of the moon will pass through earth’s darkest shadow or umbra. A tiny sliver of the moon’s south edge will not be darkened. Most casual observers will not detect this tiny bit of the moon not eclipsed. The partial eclipse begins at 11:18 PST on November 18th. The moon will be very high in the sky and easy to observe just about 5 degrees below the Pleaides Star Cluster in Taurus. The maximum eclipse will occur at 1:04 a.m. PST on November 19th. It will last just one minute before the partial eclipse retreats and ends at 2:40 a.m. PST or about 3 ½ hours total. Find a warm comfortable spot facing south to enjoy the “blood moon” event. Cross your fingers about those clouds.
Leonid’s Meteor Shower
The annual Leonid’s Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of November 17th. This year a bright moon will light up the sky erasing many of the Leonid’s meteors until just a couple hours before dawn. Another option is to start looking earlier on the morning of November 12th. The moon will set near midnight as the shower begins. Your best views will occur after 2 a.m. PST. If the weather cooperates, look for Leonid meteors on the night of November 18-19 during the Lunar Eclipse. Best chances to see meteors will be from 12:30 to 1:30 a.m. when the moon is eclipsed.
Call UCC Observatory and leave a message to get on the zoom list 541-440-4719
All UA in person Events Cancelled.
Umpqua Astronomers is a participating in the Astronomical League. This provides members with a quarterly national magazine, "the Reflector" and many observing project to help beginners to use a hands on approach to learn about astronomy. Umpqua Astronomers is an active member of the Night Sky network , International Astronomical Union programs, the Global Astronomy Month, and the International Observe the Moon program . Club members are encouraged and supported in becoming comfortable learning and exploring the night sky.
Umpqua Astronomers are an active supporting partner of U.C.C.'s Paul Morgan Observatory. Club stargazing events are held at the observatory during spring to fall months. Link to Morgan Observatory website
All PMO events are cancelled due to the Novel Corona virus Covid 19 and winter cloudy weather. The Observatory anticipates opening for the public Spring 2022.