DAS Activities

DAS Public Nights

Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 7:30 pm
Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children

To book, please click:

Public Night

Astro Calendar

“What’s Out Tonight – November 2018”
Star Chart and Data
(courtesy of Ken Graun © 2018)

Astronomical Things to See and Do – November 2018

(NOTE: to find the MST for UT, subtract 7 hours from the UT listing)

Planetary Phenomena

Planets in November 2018LocationAvg MagnitudeAvg SizeNotes
Mercuryvery low in western evening sky-0.27.2"
VenusEmerges in morning twilight mid-month-4.655.3"Slender Crescent
MarsIn western
Capricornus, then eastern Aquarius
JupiterLow in early evening twilight-1.731.1"
Solar conjunction on Nov 26th
SaturnIn central Sagittarius; Low in SW evening twilight0.6 15.5"
Uranus01h 51m5.73.7"
Neptune23h 01m7.92.3"

Moon Phenomena

Moon Phases & Info: https://moon.nasa.gov/

Moon PhenomenaDateTime (UT)Comment
New MoonNovember 7th 16 02Lunation 1186
1st QuarterNovember 15th 14 54
Full MoonNovember 23rd 05 39Dark Moon
Third QuarterNovember 30th 00 19

Meteor Showers This Month

Shower NameUT /peak hrDuration (Days)Hourly Rate (ZHR)% Above Horizon% Moon Illumination
+ waxing
- waning
Particle Size - r
(smaller# = larger size)
RADecv - speed (km/sec)
S TauridsNov 5 18h1510100%5 -2.3 3 34+1431
N TauridsNov 12 17h1515100%24 +2.3 4 00+2230
LeonidsNov 17 23h120>0072 +2.510 12+2271


American Meteor Society: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/


Weekly Comet News: http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

NASA Web page on comets: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planets/cometpage.html

Notable Objects for Deep Sky Observers

Catalog #DescriptionRight
NGC 457Owl or ET open star cluster01 19.1+58 20Cassiopeia
M77Seyfert Galaxy02 42.7-00 01Cetus
M30Globular Cluster21 40.4-23 11Capricorn
NGC 7331Deer Lick Galaxy22 31.7+34 25Pegasus
M31, M32, M110Andromeda Galaxy & companions0 42.7+41 16Andromeda
M15Globular Cluster21 30.0+12 10Pegasus
NGC 6960, 6992/5, 7000Veil Nebula20 45.7 thru
+30.43 thru
NGC6888+Crescent Nebula
(Use nebular filter)
20 12.0+38 21Cygnus
M27Dumbbell Nebula19 59.6+22.43Vulpecula
NOTES+ Challenge Object*If multiple, brightest component.

Observing Opportunities

Open House – Saturday, November 17th 5:30pm – 11 pm at DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory (Open to Public)

EGK Dark Site – Any night or Dark Sky Weekend, November 9th – 11th (Members & Guests)