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Astronomical Events November 2020

New season, new night sky targets! It’s November, and many clocks around the world have changed time, meaning for some, darker skies at an earlier time. Grab your seasonal outerwear and fall in love with the night sky again and again with these November 2020 astronomy events.

Alright, let’s jump in!

Download your free November 2020 astronomy events calendars here to help you save the date.

Moon Phases, Meteor Showers, and More November Astronomy Events

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November 10 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

November 11, 12 - Northern Taurids Meteor Shower

The Northern Taurids meteor shower produces about 5-10 meteors per hour. The best time to view this meteor shower is just after midnight from a dark sky location although the crescent moon will provide darker skies in general. This shower prodcuces a more than average number of bright fireballs.

November 15 - New Moon

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

November 16, 17 - Leonids Meteor Shower

The Leonids meteor shower produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs annually from November 6-30 and peaks this year on the night of the 16th and morning of the 17th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

November 30 - Full Moon

This full moon was known by some 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 30 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, the Pacific Ocean, and northeastern Asia including Japan.

Northern Hemisphere Constellations and Deep Space Objects November 2020

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  • Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946)
  • Wizard Nebula (NGC 7380)
  • Iris Nebula (NGC 7023)
  • NGC 7822
  • NGC 7538
  • Cave Nebula (Sh2-155)
  • NGC 7354, and NGC 188




  • Messier 52
  • Messier 103
  • NGC 457 (the E.T Cluster)
  • NGC 663
  • Tycho’s Supernova
  • Pacman Nebula (NGC 281)
  • Heart Nebula (IC 1805)
  • Soul Nebula (NGC 1848)




  • Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31)
  • Messier 32
  • Messier 110
  • NGC 752
  • NGC 7686
  • NGC 891
  • Blue Snowball Nebula (NGC 7662)



  • Messier 74
  • CL 0024+1654, a massive cluster of galaxies
  • NGC 474
  • NGC 488

Southern Hemisphere Constellations and Deep Space Objects November 2020

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  • Messier 77
  • NGC 247
  • NGC 1042
  • NGC 1055
  • NGC 1087
  • NGC 15
  • Skull Nebula (NGC 246)


  • Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253), also known as the Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy.
  • Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy
  • The Whale Galaxy or Southern Cigar Galaxy (NGC 55)
  • The Cartwheel Galaxy (PGC 2248)


  • Robert’s Quartet. A compact galaxy group consisting of four galaxies: NGC 87, NGC 88, NGC 89 and NGC 92
  • El Gordo, galaxy cluster
  • Phoenix Cluster, galaxy cluster
  • NGC 625
  • NGC 482
  • NGC 98
  • NGC 238
  • NGC 454


  • The Small Magellanic Cloud
  • 47 Tucanae
  • Tucana Dwarf, dwarf spheroidal galaxy
  • NGC 406, spiral galaxy
  • NGC 248 and NGC 249, emission nebula
  • NGC 265, NGC 290 and NGC 346, open clusters located within the Small Magellanic Cloud 


  • NGC 1466
  • PGC 6240, the White Rose Galaxy
  • NGC 643

Too many clouds? Come hang out with the OPT team on ClearSkiesNetwork on Twitch where we stream daily and have hosts from all over the world remote control OPT observatories, telescope talk, and more! Or check out our What to Do When it’s Cloudy to find some astro inspiration on those cloudy nights.

What November astronomy event are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments below.

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