Since my previous weekly stargazing calendar issues have been a bit too much American-centered I have decided to make a few changes. From now on I will use the constellations as reference points instead of concepts that are relative to the geographical location such as the apparent position of the Moon, the horizon, zenith, etc.
So here are the positions of the planets:
Mercury and Venus are inner planets close to the Sun and can only be seen at dawn and dusk, which means that their position changes quickly.
Mars: This week the Red Planet can be seen between the constellations of Scorpius and Ophiuchus, right next to the bright star Antares.
Jupiter and Uranus: The two gas giants, although no longer under conjunction, still appear very close to each other in the night sky. Jupiter can easily be spotted with the naked eye, even in highly illuminated cities. However for Uranus you will need a telescope. Look between the constellations of Aquarius, Pisces and Cetus.
Saturn: The ringed giant can be seen with the naked eye in the middle of the Virgo constellation. It will outshine even the brightest star of the constellation called Spica.
Neptune: The blue giant requires a telescope pointed between the constellations of Aquarius and Capricornus in order to be seen.
Unfortunately there are no other major astronomical events this week. However the Leonids meteor shower will have it’s peak next week.
As you know, the Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. So here are the Moon’s phases for this week:
Leonids Meteor Shower