Evening sky in November 2019

As Scorpius (the scorpion) makes its final appearance low in the west, look to the east to welcome back the constellation Orion as it reappears in our evening skies. In Greek mythology, the mighty hunter Orion bragged he could kill all animals. Not impressed, Gaia (goddess of Earth) sent the wily Scorpius to battle him who, in the ensuing battle, eventually defeated Orion. Both constellations were honored with a place in the night skies, but at opposite sides of our celestial sphere – forever chasing each other in the night skies. 

Towards the north, search for the easily identifiable Great Square of stars belonging to the winged horse Pegasus. One of our neighboring galaxies, Andromeda, lies just below the stars in the horse’s back leg (requires dark conditions). November is also the ideal time to observe three naked-eye galaxies in one sitting, including the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds (located towards the south). 

In the early evening, look towards the west where four bright planets will appear to align. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn (from the horizon up) approximately follow the Ecliptic, an imaginary line that illustrates the apparent path of the Sun on Earth’s annual orbit.  The moon is in the evening sky until 16th November, returning on 28 November, with the full moon on 12 November.