This week’s sky: last week of November, begining of December

By Stephanie Caputo, Staff Writer

After a relaxing week (nine days off, to be exact!), it is time for us students to fall back into the routine of waking up early and enduring those five-day weeks of school. While packing your lunch of left over turkey and mashed potatoes early in the morning, here’s what you can look up to in our still darkend sky.

Monday, Nov. 28

Around 8:31 p.m. tonight Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will cross the planet’s central meridian. We can always count on this great ball of gas to give us a beautiful picture, but of course telescopes are needed.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

To the right of tonight’s crescent moon, Alpha and Beta Capricorni can be seen. Yellow Alpha can easily be seen with a pair of binoculars.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Fomalhaut, the Autumn star, will sparkle to the left of tonight’s moon as Winter aproaches.

Thursday, Dec. 1

On this night, take the time to apreciate the bright stars in our sky, with Capella showing off as the brightest in the Northeast! Then, look to the right to find Aldebaran with the Pleiades cluster above it.

Friday, Dec. 2

Early this morning we will have aa First Quarter Moon. Later, it will be high in the south below the Great Square of Pegasus.

Saturday, Dec. 3

With Winter slowly aproaching, Orion rises into the East sky showing off its famous belt almost vertical.

Star gazing is a great way to keep your mind off things, whether you’re stressed from school, or just need time to think. You can always count on HiSpots Online to give you some beginner things to look at, but keep in mind, it’s always handy to have either binoculars or a telescope with you while you participate in this wonderful pasttime!