November 2014 Night Photography Events Calendar

Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at other locations, although some of them may require correction for latitude and longitude.

The position of the Moon relative to the planets and stars changes throughout the night. Generally, when a position is given, it is for the period about 45 minutes after sunset or 45 minutes before sunrise. Do not confuse the times of the Moon phases for the times of Moonrise and Moonset. Consult local charts for rise and set times.

November is not among the best months for night photography, but it does have some good opportunities. The annual Leonid meteor shower is this month. The Leonids are usually pretty weak, but at least this year we don’t have much interference from the Moon. November is the last good month to view the zodiacal light until next spring. November nights are long, but not as cold as the winter months. Finally, November begins the best time for photographing Orion since  February.

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All month Rusty-colored Mars shines low in the dusk sky, looking southwest. It sets about 3 hours after sunset.
All month Jupiter rises in the East around midnight and shines high in sky at dawn. At the first of the month, it is in the south-southeast sky at dawn, but moves slightly westward each morning and by the end of the month it is in the south-southwest sky at dawn. At  magnitude -2.1, it is the brightest object in the November sky other than the Moon.
All month  Orion is fully above the east-southeast horizon around midnight during the first of the month and about 3 hours earlier by the end of the month. At dawn, it shines in the southwest sky.
First half Mercury shines very low on the horizon in the dawn sky, looking east-southeast. It  shines at about mag -0.6.
1 – 4 The zodiacal light is visible in the east before sunrise from dark locations. See this blog post for more information.
2 Daylight Savings Time ends at 2am. Most of the United States and Canada will set their clocks backward one hour.
6 Full Moon at 5:23pm. Don’t forget, in addition to including the full Moon as a complement to a landscape or urban scene, you can use the light from the full (or nearly full) Moon to illuminate your scene.
14 Third quarter Moon at 10:16am.
17 – 18 The Leonid meteor shower peaks on these mornings. Best viewing should be between midnight and dawn. Normal rates for the Leonids are around 15 per hour. The Moon rises at 2:19am on the 17th and at 3:14am on the 18th, but it will be a waning crescent that won’t interfere much with the meteor viewing.
17 The  crescent Moon shines in the dawn sky, looking southeast.
18 The thin crescent Moon shines  in the dawn sky, looking east-southeast.
19 A very thin crescent Moon shines low on the horizon in the dawn sky, looking east-southeast. The star Spica lies directly below the Moon.
20 A sliver thin crescent Moon shines low on the horizon in the dawn sky, looking east-southeast.
22 New Moon at 7:33am. Don’t forget, the best time to shoot the stars (as either pinpoints or star trails) is when there is no light pollution from the Moon.
23 A sliver thin crescent Moon may be visible very low  on the horizon in the dusk sky, looking west-southwest. The moon sets only about 80 minutes after sunset.
24 A very thin crescent Moon shines low in the dusk sky, looking west-southwest. Mars lies to the upper left of the Moon.
25 A thin crescent Moon shines  in the dusk sky, looking west-southwest. Mars lies to the left of the Moon.
26 The crescent Moon shines  in the dusk sky, looking southwest. Mars lies below the Moon.
29 First quarter Moon at 5:07am.
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