The Planets in November
Mercury – The planet makes a very bright appearance in the morning twilight early this month. As the month progresses, the planet will become harder and harder to locate and disappear in the sun’s glow by mid-month.
Venus- An extremely bright object in the western sky, Venus will dominate the early evening. The planet will appear to rise higher in the sky each evening, yet it is actually sinking toward the sun due to the movement of the ecliptic.
Mars – Now opposite the sun from Earth, the planet becomes slightly visible in the pre-dawn sky by mid-month, low in the south-east.
Jupiter- Very bright all month in Capricorn, Jupiter presents a great telescopic object as it moves westward toward the setting sun.
Saturn- Leading Jupiter across the sky, Saturn presents another great telescopic object in the evening sky. The crescent moon will pass close to the planet on the 10th.
Uranus- For observers with a good pair of binoculars or a telescope, Uranus will be well placed for observation this month as it reaches its closest point to Earth on the 5th, only 2.6 light-hours (1,739,100,000 miles) away!
Neptune- In the evening sky among the stars of Aquarius, the planet will be well placed all month for telescopic observation. The small blue orb will be visible even in small telescopes.