The Evening Sky for November/December, 2018:

The Planets:
Venus has left the evening sky and is now seen low in the eastern sky in the morning twilight. During this time, Venus will rise earlier and earlier dominating the morning sky as the very bright "Morning Star" at a brilliant magnitude of -4.3. Jupiter is lost in the evening solar glare and will transition from an evening view to a morning view during this period and mostly out of sight. Mercury is seen low in the SW at sunset in early November but will quickly drop out of view by the end of the month. Saturn is in the SW at sunset and it too is slowly fading from the evening sky. This leaves Mars, by far, only a shadow of the brilliant spectacle of last summer of a magnitude of -2.4 to a dim ruddy red high in the SW evening Sky now only at a magnitude of -0.43. Mars sets around midnight.

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All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes

The Stars
Other than the planets, this is the time of the year to turn our attention to the stars. The main attraction is the fuzzy grouping of bluish stars high in the NE by 8 pm known as the pleiades, or 'Seven Sisters'. This is a view I took in October. The Andromeda galaxy and Triangulum galaxy are high in the sky dome by 10 pm. You can see these with a small telescope or binoculars. Coming into view is mighty Orion. There are several objects to view here including the famous 'Orion Nebula' and 'Horsehead Nebula' (picture forthcoming), not to mention the two very bright stars Betelgeuse (red) and Rigel (blue). As these stars rise in the east around 10 pm, they twinkle brightly often changing colors. Following Orion is his companion dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. Within the big dog is the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. The 'Crab Nebula', the remnants of a star that exploded can be seen through small telescopes in the east at 9pm. High overhead by 11 pm in what looks like a dark area of the sky within in the constellation of Pegasus is actually loaded with billions of stars clustered in several galaxies. This is a long exposure of those galaxies in Pegasus. Also, high in the skydome at mightnight is the The 'Silver Sliver' Galaxy (NGC 891) which appears dark, but with long exposure astrophotography shows yet another galaxy containing billions of stars. High Overhead at dark is the North America Nebula, a cluster of thousands of stars within the Milky Way somewhat in the shape of, well, North America. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my backyard.)

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The Pleiades

Andromeda Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy

Orion Nebula

Crab Nebula

Galaxies in Pegasus

Silver Sliver Galaxy

North America Nebula
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes

Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.