ASTRONOMIC EVENTS

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NOVEMBER 2019

November 5-6 / Southern Taurids

 
The Taurids are a long-lived minor meteor shower and are estimated to produce 5 to 10 meteors every hour. In this year the Taurids reach their peak at night on November 5. Since the first quarter moon will happen shortly after midnight there will be a greater chance to appreciate the meteor shower.


November 11 / Transit of Mercury

In the first minutes after sunrise on this day and with the appropriate telescopes, we will be able to see how a small shadow crosses the figure of the solar disk for 5 hours and 29 minutes. It is the silhouette of the smallest of the planets, Mercury. The transit of Mercury will be visible in its entirety in South America, Central America, eastern North America, the westernmost tip of Africa and in the Canary Islands. It should be noted that the transits of Mercury are not visible to the naked eye and therefore a telescope with a solar filter is necessary. Mercury transits happen thirteen times per century, therefore, the next transit of this planet will be on November 13, 2032.


November 17-18 / Leonidas

The Leonids are a meteor shower that produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak and are produced by grains of dust left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Leonids occur annually from November 6 to 30. Unfortunately the light from the crescent moon will block out many of the weaker meteors this year, but some of the brightest will be visible. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but they can appear anywhere in the sky.


November 28 / Moon, Venus and Jupiter in conjunction

Due to the continuous movement of the Moon and the planets through the Solar System, from time to time we can see that they coincide in the same area of the sky from our terrestrial perspective. We call these encounters conjunctions. A few minutes after the sun sets this afternoon, pay attention to the western horizon and you will see that these three stars will be adorning the skies of the island along with the beautiful twilight colors of the Cozumel sunsets.

Without a doubt, a scene worth keeping in a photograph.