What's up in the sky for Nov 1-7

Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter continue to shine and catch a (sky) bear by the tail and a pair of rocket launches.

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Follow Saturn and Jupiter to the teapot in the constellation Sagittarius
Tony Rice
, NASA Ambassador

Throughout the week, Mars remains bright and slightly orange in color high in the southern sky. Also look for Saturn and brighter Jupiter to lead the way to the teapot formed in the constellation Sagittarius.

The Great Bear is well known to many cultures. It appears in the Bible, Greek mythology as well as Native American and First Nations sky stories.

Ancient Greeks tell of Zeus turning a nymph and her son into bears, slinging them into the sky by their tails, elongating them. For the Micmac, the appearance of the Great Bear along the northern horizon comes as the bears of southeastern Canada are preparing for hibernation.
The Great Bear constellation is visible in the north during early fall

Monday, November 2

NASA, Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States, and eleven Member States of the European Space Agency celebrate 20 continuous years of human exploration aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 1 docked at exactly 4:21 am eastern on Nov 2, 2000.

Tuesday, November 3

United Launch Alliance plans the launch of a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office at 5:58 p.m. The launch weather forecast is 90% go. Watch live here

After sunset, look for the bright star Aldebaran to the upper right of the waning gibbous Moon

Thursday, November 4

The Southern Taurid Meteor Shower peaks after midnight. This week shower will be further challenged by the waning gibbous Moon. it likely is not worth staying up to see. but if you see a meteor streaking from the direction of Taurus the bull, it's likely part of this shower, fueled by debris left by Comet 2P/Encke.

Friday, November 5

SpaceX plans the launch of the US Air Force's third generation of Global Positioning System satellites at 6:24 p.m.  Watch live here

Sunday, November 8

The ISS will pass nearly directly over central North Carolina beginning at 6:16 a.m. from the northwest. It will set six minutes later in the southeast.

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