Dates and times shown are NZDT (UT + 13 hours). Rise and Set times are for Wellington. They will vary by a few minutes elsewhere in NZ. Data is adapted from that shown by GUIDE 9.1.

A partial eclipse of the moon occurs in the evening of November 19. At maximum eclipse just after 10pm, 97.6% of the moon is immersed in the Earth’s shadow. The moon begins to enter the Earth full shadow at 9.19pm, close to the time of moon rise in NZ. It finally leaves the shadow at 12:48 am.

THE SUN and PLANETS in NOVEMBER 2021, Rise & Set  Mag. & Cons.
          NOV 1     NZDT              NOV 30     NZDT  
      Mag  Cons    Rise    Set     Mag  Cons    Rise    Set
SUN  -26.7  Lib   6.05am  8.04pm  -26.7  Oph   5.40am  8.38pm
Merc  -0.8  Vir   5.35am  6.38pm   -1.3  Oph   5.38am  8.43pm
Venus -4.6  Oph   8.26am 12.13am   -4.9  Sgr   8.29am 11.54pm
Mars   1.7  Vir   5.46am  7.20pm    1.6  Lib   4.45am  7.08pm
Jup   -2.5  Cap   1.20pm  3.18am   -2.3  Cap  11.39am  1.30am
Sat    0.6  Cap  12.01pm  2.33am    0.7  Cap  10.15am 12.44am
Uran   5.6  Ari   8.10pm  6.28am    5.7  Ari   6.10pm  4.31am
Nep    7.8  Aqr   3.43pm  4.25am    7.9  Aqr   1.48pm  2.31am
Pluto 14.6  Sgr  10.52am  1.56am   14.6  Sgr   9.01am 12.04am

                NOV 1  NZDT             NOV 30  NZDT
TWILIGHTS    morning     evening       morning      evening
Civil:    start 5.38am, end 8.32pm   start 5.10am, end  9.09pm
Nautical: start 5.02am, end 9.08pm   start 4.29am, end  9.51pm
Astro:    start 4.23am, end 9.47pm   start 3.41am, end 10.39pm

  New Moon:      Nov  5 at 10.15am (Nov  4, 21:15 UT)
  First quarter: Nov 12 at  1.46am (Nov 11, 12:46 UT)
  Full Moon:     Nov 19 at  9.57pm (08:57 UT)
  Last quarter   Nov 28 at  1.28am (Nov 27, 12:28 UT)


VENUS is a brilliant object in the evening sky, on the 1st setting just after 12 midnight, NZDT. During November the fraction of the planet illuminated by the Sun, as seen from Earth decreases, from 48% to 29%, but even so it becomes if anything more brilliant.

MERCURY, in the morning sky, rises only half an hour before the Sun on the 1st. It reaches superior conjunction at the far side of the Sun on the 29th, so is unobservable all month.

MARS is even closer to the Sun than Mercury at first. The two planets are only 1° apart on the 10th, a conjunction which will be extremely difficult to see. By the end of the month Mars will be a little further from the Sun, but still a difficult morning object.

JUPITER and SATURN are both easily visible in the evening sky, setting after midnight.

The moon passes Saturn on the 10th, when they will be 5° apart before midnight. The following evening the moon at first quarter, will be rather further from Jupiter.

URANUS, NEPTUNE and PLUTO continue to move into the evening sky with first Neptune and then, later in the month, Uranus rising well before sunset.


                  NOV 1 NZDT          NOV 30 NZDT  
                Mag  Cons  transit    Mag  Cons  transit
 (1) Ceres      7.7   Tau   3.15am    7.1   Tau  12.55am
 (2) Pallas     9.5   Aqr   9.24pm    9.8   Aqr   7.39pm
 (4) Vesta      7.8   Lib   1.09pm    7.6   Sco   2.02pm
 (7) Iris       9.1   Gem   6.30am    8.6   Cnc   4.52am

CERES starts November close to Aldebaran. The asteroid is closest to the star on the 3rd when the two are only 7 arc-minutes apart with Ceres to the south of the star. They will then rise about 10pm NZDT. Over the rest of the month Ceres will move through the Hyades cluster and beyond. It rises just before 7pm by the 30th

PALLAS is an evening object in Aquarius. It is stationary at the start of the month. The asteroid subsequently moves to the east rising just before 1pm on the 30th.

VESTA is close to the Sun all month with a conjunction on the 29th when they are less than a degree apart.

IRIS is a morning object starting November in Gemini but moving on into Cancer on the 4th. Iris is stationary on the 30th, at the start of its retrograde movement. It will then rise at 11.50 pm.

Brian Loader