Happy November [2021]!

Moon Phase: Waning Crescent • Illumination: 15% • Moon Age: 25.76 days • Moon Distance: 378,687.56 km

Fire brings

the change of time

Full Autumn!

Alas we got our hour back!

• This month’s colors: Topaz & Citrine
• November Birthstones: Chrysanthemum & Peony
• Flowers associated with November: Marigold, Calendula & Cosmos
• Fruits and Veggies of November: Fruits Apples, Cranberries, Guava, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemons, Orange, Pears, Persimmons, Quince, Chestnuts, Pomegranate. Veggies Artichokes, Avocado, Beets, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Daikon, Fennel, Potato, Rutabaga, Winter Squash, Sunchoke, Turnips, Yams.
• Astrological signs: Scorpio & Sagittarius

Celestial calendar

November 4 New Moon at 21:15 UTC

November 4, 5Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4. The new moon will leave dark skies this year for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 5Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

November 17, 18 Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will dominate the sky this year, blocking all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

November 19Full Moon at 08:59 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Beaver Moon because this was the time of year to set the beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze. It has also been known as the Frosty Moon and the Dark Moon.

November 19Partial Lunar Eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra, and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Russia, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, North America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of western South America. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

[info from seasky]

Listening to

French Baroque composer,

Francois Couperin

[a November child]

Les barricades mystérieuses

performed by

Cziffra Georges

A fiery sky for the harbinger of winter


Happy November everyone!

55 replies »

  1. What dramatic skies.

    In its early years, Austin’s classical music radio station KMFA did not broadcast 24 hours a day but would sign off the air at the end of each broadcasting day and sign back on each morning. The theme music that the station played for its sign-off and sign-on was “Les barricades mystérieuses.”

  2. Your photos are stunning as always, Marina, and I love the music! Wishing you a lovely November. This time of year is my favorite, especially now with the rains. Sigh. 🧡💦🍁🍂🤗

  3. Love your Monthly shares.
    And how funny. On Friday, this piece of music was playing on my radio station (yeah, yeah, I still listen to the radio) and I was thinking, I so love this piece. And here you are sharing it!

  4. Happy November, Marina!
    Lovely shots, and I enjoyed the music!
    There’s always a lot going on in the cosmos.
    Will you be able to catch any of it?

  5. Glroious skies you’ve captured, MArina. I love when the sky has a fiery glow.
    The perfect Autumn sjy to enjoy in the evening. I haven’t got any relatives, children, grandchildren or friends with a February birthday. Thank youf ro adding the various facts about this month.
    The music by C. Georges was wonderful to listen to as I read your post. Piano and guitar music are my favoties. He is new to me so I enjoyed listening. Have a beautifully peaceful week … Isadora 😎

    • Ah, thank you, my dear Isadora. I love fiery skies too! F. Couperin is an amazing baroque composer. I think you’ll love his work.
      A beautiful month and a wonderful week to you, my dearest friend! Hugs & ❤️❤️

  6. that sky so suited for the drama of Persephone remaking her marriage ties to Haides/Dis – like you, she too may regret that extra hour – but she has extra cause with such a dark bedmate! 😉

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