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The 2016 Spring Bootleg Star Party will be held on June 3rd-5th

And .....

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for November 2015   (from skymaps.com)
3 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 7h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
3 Venus 0.7 SSW of Mars (46 from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -4.3 and +1.7.
3 Last Quarter Moon at 12:24 UT.
5 Moon near Regulus (72 from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT.
6 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. -1.8.
7 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +1.7.
7 Moon near Venus (46 from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -4.3.
Crescent Moon and Venus (APOD)
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 405,721 km; angular size 29.5').
9 Moon near Spica (23 from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
11 New Moon at 17:47 UT. Start of lunation 1149.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
12 Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. Meteors often appear slow moving (28 km/sec) with the occasional very bright fireball.
The Taurids (Gary Kronk)
13 Moon near Saturn (15 from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT.
13 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 10h UT.
17 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 15h UT. Occulted by the Sun. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
18 Leonid meteor shower peaks at 4h UT. Arises from debris ejected by Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Produces very fast meteors (71 km/sec). Expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour under dark skies. Best viewed after midnight.
The Leonids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
Leonids Over Monument Valley (APOD)
19 First Quarter Moon at 6:27 UT.
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (362,817 km; angular size 32.9').
25 Moon near the Pleiades (midnight sky) at 17h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
25 Full Moon at 22:44 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Aldebaran (172 from Sun, midnight sky) at 10h UT.
30 Venus 4.2 NNE from Spica (43 from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.2 and +1.0.
30 Moon near Beehive cluster (120 from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)


Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)