In the Sky

Updated 11/12/2019

The night skies are fast approaching the fall orientation where the summer triangle starts high overhead and sets toward morning while Orion is starting to rise at in the early morning hours. Sagittarius starts very low on the SW horizon and sets by midnight. Andromeda galaxy starts low on the eastern horizon and progresses higher throughout the night.

Jupiter, Saturn  These two planets dominate the evenings after sunset and are located in Scorpio and Sagittarius. Later in November Venus joins Jupiter in the dusk sky.

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NEW HORIZONS has passed Ultima Thule. Follow the progress  at

JUNO is orbiting Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:

It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling and, I might add, a character-building experience. Carl Sagan

The hottest planet is not the closest planet to the Sun. Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, it is not actually the hottest. Mercury does not have any atmosphere meaning that this planet is only hot in the daytime when it is directly facing the Sun. At this stage temperatures can rise to 425°C but at night the planet’s temperature can drop down to a freezing -180°C. Venus is the hottest planet. Its thick clouds trap the Sun’s heat causing Venus to be a sizzling 500°C all of the time!