Astronomy Minute: November 2020

By Russ Hanson

Our orbit passed Mars in October and it briefly out-shined Jupiter. We are now pulling away from Mars and it will start to dim. We won’t catch up with it again until December 28, 2022. In late November, Orion will be rising in the eastern sky around 9 PM. It will continue to rise a little earlier every day. Yes, winter is on the way. Lastly, don’t forget to keep an eye on the locations of Saturn and Jupiter. The great conjunction is in December.