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Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club

Calendar of Events

The Kootenai Stargazers Astronomy Club meets the third Friday of each month.

Upcoming Meetings and presentations

  • Our next meeting will be on Friday November 15, 2019. Dave Murvin will show a couple of videos on "The Wave-Particle Duality of Light”
    Get together at 6 PM for discussions and snacks, meeting starts at 7 PM.

What's Up in the Night Sky

    Note: Observations are good for the lower 48 states, but more accurate for the Northwest Area.

  • The annual Leonids Meteor shower, derived from material left by repeated passages of periodic Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, runs from November 5th to December 3rd. At the peak, before dawn on Sunday, November 17, expect to see about 15 meteors per hour, many with persistent trains. A bright, waning gibbous moon on the peak night will brighten the sky, washing out many of the meteors.

  • November 26: New Moon. At its new phase, the moon is traveling between Earth and the sun. Since sunlight can only reach the far side of the moon, and the moon is in the same region of the sky as the sun, the moon will be completely hidden from view. After the 26th, it will start waxing (increasing in size) with the next full moon occuring on December 12.

  • November 27. Neptune Stands Still. On Wednesday, November 27, the distant, blue planet will complete a retrograde loop that has been carrying it westward since mid-June. After the 27th, Neptune will resume its regular eastward motion through the stars of Aquarius.

  • November 28 before Sunrise: Mercury at its greatest western elongation. Mercury will officially reach its widest separation east of the Sun for the current morning appearance. The inner planet will be separated from the sun by 20 degrees. The best time to look for Mercury will fall between 6 and 7 a.m. local time.

  • Jupiter is all but gone in November but Saturn is still in the lower southwestern part of the sky in November.

April 8, 2024 Next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States