The Sky This Month: November–December 2004

All times are in EST.

Nov 19
Fri
00:50 AM
First quarter Moon
Nov 20
Sat 01:00 PM
Mercury greatest elogation E (22°)
Nov 26
Fri
03:07 PM
Full Moon
Dec 4
Sat
07:53 PM
Last quarter Moon
Dec 5
Sun
02:00 AM
Venus 1.3° N of Mars
Dec 6–9
Mon-Thu

Deep sky observing (1st clear night)
Dec 7
Tue
03:54 AM–05:00 AM
Moon occults Jupiter
Dec 9
Thu
07:00 PM
Mars 2° N of Moon
Dec 11
Sat 08:29 PM
New Moon
Dec 13, 14, 16
Mon Tue Thu

City observing (1st clear night)
Dec 13
Mon 05:00 PM
Geminid meteors peak


Taurus and Eridanus

Object
Designation
Constellation
Details
Comet
C/2004 Q2
Columba - Eridanus
mag 7.0 - 5.1/0.79 - 0.46 au Comet Machholz
Double Theta (78 & 77)
Taurus
mag 3.4 3.8/sep 337.4"/pa 346°/149 & 158 ly
Double
DS-14 32
Eridanus
mag 4.8 6.1/sep 6.8"/pa 347°/345 ly  ****
Double
DS-28 Gamma
Lepus
mag 3.7 6.3/sep 96"/pa 350° ****
Carbon star
Variable
R
Lepus
Mira/mag 5.5 - 11.7 /432d/826 ly/Hind's Crimson Star ****
http://www.aavso.org/charts/LEP/R_LEP/RLEP-A.GIF
http://www.aavso.org/charts/LEP/R_LEP/RLEP-B.GIF
Open Cluster
M 45
Taurus
mag 1.2/410 ly/The Pleiades *****
Open Cluster
Melotte 25
Taurus
mag 0.8/150 ly/The Hyades ****
Supernova remnant
M 1
Taurus mag 8.4/6,500 ly/The Crab Nebula ***
Planetary nebula
NGC 1535
Eridanus
mag 10.4/sb 7.2/6,000 ly *****
Galaxy
NGC 1232
Eridanus
mag 9.9/sb 13.9/70 million ly ****
Galaxy
NGC 1407
Eridanus
mag 9.7/sb 12.9/60 million ly ***
Globular cluster
M 79
Lepus
mag 7.7/40,000 ly ****