Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes all of the incredible sights that can be seen in the November night sky.
A brilliant star cluster known as the Pleiades becomes visible this month, and the very brightest stars can be observed with the naked eye. Using a telescope or binoculars, you will be able to view hundreds of these stars – some of which are brighter than our own sun.
The Pleiades star cluster, which is estimated to be 100 million years old, is located about 410 light years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.
According to NASA, you can see the Pleiades in the east during the first couple of hours after dark on cool November evenings.
On November 18th and 19th, look for a crescent moon near Jupiter and Saturn after sunset. These two planets have been visible in the night sky for much of 2020, and we are now just weeks away from their super close pairing in mid-December. Until then, notice how they draw in just a little closer together each week.
Video Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer