Thomas, Martin; Ling, Alister
November 2003
Astronomy;Nov2003, Vol. 31 Issue 11, p62
The article describes the location and characteristics of the planets during November, 2003. November 8 brings the second total eclipse of the Moon visible from the United States this year. The ruddy Moon makes a nice companion for Mars, which remains conspicuous but, as it moves farther away from Earth, shrinks noticeably when seen through a telescope. North America experiences its second total lunar eclipse of 2003 on the evening of November 8 (it occurs on the morning of the 9th in Europe and Africa). While East Coast observers get to see the whole event, West Coast viewers see totality in the waning stages of evening twilight. When the Moon lies at one of the nodes at either New or Full Moon, an eclipse occurs. Any telescope will show Saturn's rings easily. In particular, 8th-magnitude Titan can be glimpsed easily as it orbits Saturn once every 16 days.


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