Romantics all around, unite because it’s a wonderful time for stargazing, beneath the cover of November skies.
- You can see stars and constellations all around the night sky
- Later on in November you can admire the Leonids
Autumn brings with it, apart from Halloween’s sweet and delightful scare and Thanksgiving’s delicious food, the best time of the year for starwatching, for those who don’t mind the cold, of course.
So, if you think you can hang in there in a high place with two jackets and a scarf on, you can see a lot of cool stuff. You can also bring your girlfriend and some wine and you won’t need the jackets, and nerds, you could actually get a girl like this!! It’s cold, romantic and full of stars. Can’t go wrong.
So, you can see still a few of the summer constellations, like Lyra the Harp, Delphinus the Dolphin, Aquila the Eagle and Cygnus the Swan. Most of the rest are slowly but surely making their way west and out of our skies until next summer.
As far as cardinal points go, in the south you can see the beautiful Pegasus, the Winged Horse and after him, slowly following is the Princess Andromeda. In the north you can see the familiar face of the Big Dipper. In the north east lies the Queen, Cassiopeia, shaped like a giant W turned sideways, which is meant to represent her throne. The legend says that Cassiopeia infuriated Hera, the queen of the gods, when she proclaimed she was the more beautiful one. Hera exiled Cassi up into the night sky where she is to rest on her throne forever. (Tip- use that as a pick-up line, nerds. Chicks will dig it!)
Moving on to the eastern side of the night sky, you can see him and only him, Orion the Hunter. The Ancient Egyptians believed that all their gods descended from the constellation of Orion and built their monuments to mirror it on earth. But before you can see the master Orion, because he comes up at about 10 p.m., you can see the Pleiades, a most beautiful star cluster.
For later in the night, if you still haven’t convinced the girl to go home with you, Jupiter and Mars shine in the east after 2 a.m. and Venus jazzes everything up after 4 a.m. But if it’s 4 a.m. and you’re still looking at the stars I’m guessing you’re all alone and out of wine by now. Bummer!
But do not fret, because you get another chance later in November, on the 17th to be more precise, when the meteor shower called the Leonids will give you a show to remember. You will have to take your date to the dark countryside where you can see up to 40 meteors in one hour. I’m not sure she’s going to want to go with you to the countryside, all alone, in the dark, but take a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose!
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