TEMPUS FUGIT = TIME FLIES.

The SUN is in the astrological sign of SAGITTARIUS the ARCHER. The ruling planet of this sign is JUPITER.

The Sun enters the next sign, CAPRICORNUS, on DECEMBER 21 at 15h 59 UT., the Northern Hemisphere's WINTER SOLSTICE.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 272021.

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.

 

TIME'S PACES 

'When, as a child, I laughed and wept, time crept.

When, as a youth, I dreamt and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

When, older still, I daily grew, time flew.

Soon I shall find, on travelling on, time gone.

O Christ! Wilt Thou have saved me then?

Amen.

Some lines written on a clock in the Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester, U.K. It is attached to the clock case in the north transept of the cathedral and was written by Henry Twells (1823 - 1900).

 

And Twells' ORIGINAL VERSION:

 

When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold,
Time strolled.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then?
Amen.

 

THE CLOCK OF LIFE.

The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

Now, is the only time you own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in "tomorrow" for

The clock may then be still.

John's SkyNotes

The NOVEMBER NIGHT SKY, 2021. The planetary positions shown are correct for the end of the month. This chart shows the whole sky

 

 This is an educational site (I was, and am a teacher!), which is updated daily. I invite you to download any of the material you find here. Please feel free to download any of the content, which could be of use, or of interest to you. That is what this 'SKYNOTES' website is here for, after all! 

Therefore:

Welcome to jonvran.co.uk, John's simple astronomy site where you will find information about what is happening in the night sky from the point of view of Scarborough in the United kingdom, latitude 54 deg. 17 minutes north, longitude 00 deg. 25 minutes west,(situated on the east coast, midway between London and Edinburgh, and also mainland Britain); as well as what I hope are other interesting bits and pieces, of use to everyone.

Historically, these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper Sky notes I prepared, for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in February, 1976. In those days, I produced all the illustrations including the star charts by hand, but now, with the advent of excellent astronomy software programs, I am able to use much better graphics, for which I must thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the credits section you will find a list of these amazing sources which allow me to continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all. It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for over 46 years, but as the Latin inscription reminds us: tempvs fvgit ! (time flies)!. There are many 'pages' in this different version of 'Skynotes'. These are listed in the MENU at the top of the page. My hope is that you find within them something of interest, and may I, here, express my gratitude to the many people who have already visited, this, my small contribution towards the popularisation of astronomy, which has been my lifelong aim and ambition.

I record here also a special 'Thank-you' for two very special teachers. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her form at Normanton Secondary Modern school, before transferring to Normanton Grammar School at the age of 13. She gave me a small note nook in which to write about and draw events taking place in the night sky. This was to be the tiny 'seed' which would eventually grow into these 'Skynotes'. Secondly, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Senior English Master, of Normanton Grammar School, Mr. T Hewson, who made me stand up in class during 'English' on Tuesday afternoons, and read aloud, to the class, several pages of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had, at that time in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read fluently; but more importantly, he taught me to have confidence, to be able to share my love of astronomy with all to whom I have been invited to speak; and ultimately to become a teacher myself.

My greatest thanks of all, I give to my parents: to my Dad for showing me the stars, and my Mum who put up with me looking through my open window with a telescope in the depths of many Winter nights (in pre-central heating days), and freezing everyone in the household, except me! 

 It is my hope that you will enjoy these pages, and return here often to take what you will from this site, as the months change, the result of Earth's journey around the sun.

May you too, always follow safe paths, and have clear and unclouded skies, in all the many aspects of your life!

 

Finally, I want to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my ex students who provide me with excellent images which they have, very kindly, given me permission to use.

 The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU above!

The Moon in NOVEMBER 2021. Image by: @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

PLEASE NOTE : Because of the size of this FRONT PAGE, which resulted in the slow loading of the material on some machines; I have created another additional page. It is called 'FRONT PAGE continued' and can be reached using the MENU above.

You will find there, illustrations of Saturn and its fascinating moon ENCELADUS, thought to be a possible abode of life, as is Jupiter's satellite Europa (also to be seen on this additional page)

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above to find the current month's SKYNOTES.

ASTEROIDAL OCCULTATIONS for THE CURRENT MONTH accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS). Thanks For those Andrej !

REMOTE PLANETS. The paths of URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO, have been updated for 2021. 

POEM by Richard H Mann 'FRIENDS OF MINE' added to the ASTRONOMICAL POETRY page (see MENU above)

 

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.

For information about suitable times to see the ISS, other satellites, and interesting objects, and to download the application if you wish, go to the following admirable site:

http://heavens-above.com

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Visible passes from SCARBOROUGH. UK

The TIMES shown here are UNIVERSAL TIME. (GMT)

 

 Pass Details: 

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
20 Nov -1.2 18:14:48 10° S 18:15:28 12° S 18:15:28 12° S visible
21 Nov -1.3 17:28:43 10° SSE 17:29:31 11° SE 17:30:01 10° SE visible
21 Nov -0.8 19:02:30 10° SW 19:02:59 13° SW 19:02:59 13° SW visible
22 Nov -2.0 18:15:17 10° SSW 18:17:27 24° S 18:17:27 24° S visible
23 Nov -1.9 17:28:13 10° SSW 17:30:46 20° SSE 17:31:51 17° ESE visible
23 Nov -1.0 19:03:49 10° WSW 19:04:49 18° WSW 19:04:49 18° WSW visible
24 Nov -1.5 16:41:24 10° S 16:43:24 15° SE 16:45:25 10° ESE visible
24 Nov -2.7 18:16:24 10° SW 18:19:10 38° S 18:19:10 38° S visible
25 Nov -2.6 17:29:03 10° SW 17:32:07 33° SSE 17:33:29 23° ESE visible
25 Nov -1.1 19:05:18 10° WSW 19:06:26 19° WSW 19:06:26 19° WSW visible
26 Nov -2.2 16:41:48 10° SSW 16:44:40 26° SSE 16:47:34 10° E visible
26 Nov -3.1 18:17:48 10° WSW 18:20:44 49° SSW 18:20:44 49° SSW visible
27 Nov -3.1 17:30:18 10° WSW 17:33:34 47° SSE 17:35:00 27° ESE visible
27 Nov -1.0 19:06:50 10° W 19:07:57 19° WSW 19:07:57 19° WSW visible
28 Nov -2.8 16:42:50 10° SW 16:46:02 40° SSE 16:49:15 10° E visible
28 Nov -3.1 18:19:16 10° W 18:22:14 51° SSW 18:22:14 51° SSW visible

 

THE MOON AND SUN.

NOVEMBER 26 at 23h UT....WANING GIBBOUS/LAST QUARTER. FULL MOON was on NOVEMBER 19 at 08h 57 UT. LAST QUARTER is on NOVEMBER 27 at 12h 28 UT

NOVEMBER 26 at 23h UT THE MOON'S CELESTIAL POSITION (Scarborough UK).

Key to LUNAR FEATURES.

NOVEMBER 27 : The SUN'S celestial positions, as seen from Earth, at 12h UT.
Astronomical Constellation : SCORPIUS.
Astrological Sign: SAGITTARIUS.
On NOVEMBER 22 at 02h 33 UT the SUN entered the Astrological Sign of SAGITTARIUS. the ARCHER.

NOVEMBER 26: Today's SOLAR PHOTOSPHERE image in visible light, courtesy of NASA.

MOON PHASES, NOVEMBER 2021.
Courtesy: LunarPhase Pro software

 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

The times when ALGOL (Beta Persei), the famous eclipsing variable star reaches its MINIMUM brightness may be found in the monthly SKYNOTES summary for each month. The star has a page dedicated to itself also, accessible via the MENU above.

ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS due this month may be found in the MONTHLY SKYNOTES, accessible via the MENU above.

 

THE DECEMBER FULL MOON : The moment of FULL MOON is DECEMBER 19 at 04h 35 UT.

The angular diameter of the Planets compared, in NOVEMBER 2021

SCARBOROUGH, SOUTH BAY, a NOVEMBER SUNRISE. Image courtesy of Faith Young @FaithYoungWriter
Thanks Faith.

SUNRISE and SUNSET,  SCARBOROUGH.

LOCAL UK TIME (UT)

NOVEMBER 27, 2021.

RISE: 07h 52   SET: 15h 46

DAY LENGTH (SUNRISE TO SET)

07h 53m 28s

(The DECREASE is by 02m 42s)

 

MOONRISE and SET, SCARBOROUGH.

RISE: 23h 24      SET: 13h 35

 

TIDE TIMES, SCARBOROUGH.

NORTH SEA:   NOVEMBER 27, 2021

 LOCAL TIME (UT)

 

HW:  20h 36 (FRI 26)

LW:   03h 08 

HW:  09h 17 

LW:   15h 21

HW:  21h 33

 

The images of SCARBOROUGH preceeding and following these tables are by kind permission of people who live here, and who are justifiably proud of their seaside town on the Yorkshire Coast. 

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH BAY, NOVEMBER. Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

NOVEMBER, 2021 JUPITER and the GALILEAN SATELLITES. The Date is at the side. The horizontal line shows the positions of the satellites at 00h Universal Time. Interpolate to find the arrangement at other times in the day. Chart courtesy of CoelixApex Software.
Plese note: in this chart SOUTH is at the top , NORTH is at the bottom.

NEXT SCARBOROUGH, UK SOLAR ECLIPSE,
A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - OCTOBER 25, 2022. A partial eclipse is visible from the UK !The 'layers' in the 'Eclipse Zone' on the map show the percentage of Sun covered by the Moon. Each segment is a 10% increase, starting at the edge (0%).
Future solar and lunar eclipses for UK, may be found using the MENU above.

VENUS appearance, mid NOVEMBER in the early evening sky.
The planet's appearance, here, has NORTH at the top on the illustration, and SOUTH at the bottom. VENUS has a low declination as it passes through the constellation of SAGITTARIUS

AURORAL CORONA October,1989 in TRIANGULUM. Notice the Pleiades nearby, and the costellations of PERSEUS (upper left), and ARIES (below the middle of the image). Stars of ANDROMEDA can be seen to the upper right (and if you look carefully, following the stars Mirach, Mu and Nu Andromedae upwards, you may see the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, just to the right of Nu. The Auroral Corona is the point where the Solar particles are coming directly down through the atmosphere towards the observer, producing a definite perspective effect.
Photo taken by Sheila Anderson. Thanks Sheila

Lunar Eclipse starting at Moonset in UK.
NOVEMBER 19 at 07h 44m UT Image by Maurice Bradwell, from Sandal Castle, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, looking North West. Thanks Maurice, for this beautiful image.

The phenomena of the month : November 2021
Times are given in UT for SCARBOROUGH (0° 25' 5" W, 54° 16' 30" N, zone 0 = UT).

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

2021 11 01 03:01 Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko at its perihelion (dist. to the Sun = 1.202 AU; magn. = 10.0)
2021 11 02 03:15 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 02 05:59 Close encounter between Mercury and Spica (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.1°)
2021 11 03 16:29 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 03 19:42 Close encounter between the Moon and Mercury (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 0.2°)
2021 11 04 21:15 NEW MOON
2021 11 04 23:57 OPPOSITION of Uranus with the Sun
2021 11 05 01:25 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 11 05 12:46 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2021 11 05 22:23 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 358843 km)
2021 11 06 13:17 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 06 17:34 Close encounter between Venus and M 8 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 2.9°)
2021 11 07 12:02 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 08 04:59 Close encounter between the Moon and Venus (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 0.6°)
2021 11 09 10:06 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 09 11:16 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 11 09 19:06 Close encounter between the Moon and Pluto (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.4°)
2021 11 10 16:30 Close encounter between the Moon and Saturn (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 5.0°)
2021 11 11 12:46 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2021 11 11 22:13 Close encounter between the Moon and Jupiter (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.8°)
2021 11 12 05:40 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 11 12 06:07 Meteor shower : N. Taurids (5 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 51.0 days)
2021 11 12 06:55 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 12 20:50 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 13 23:59 Close encounter between the Moon and Neptune (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.4°)
2021 11 15 03:44 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 17 11:42 Meteor shower : Leonids (15 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 24.0 days)
2021 11 18 00:33 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 18 04:18 Close encounter between the Moon and Uranus (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 1.8°)
2021 11 18 05:38 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 18 11:20 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2021 11 19 08:58 FULL MOON (partial eclipse of the Moon partly visible in SCARBOROUGH)
2021 11 19 09:56 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 11 19 14:51 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2021 11 20 21:22 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 21 02:14 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 406279 km)
2021 11 21 12:14 Meteor shower : Alpha Monocerotids (duration = 10.0 days)
2021 11 23 14:25 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 23 18:11 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 24 02:57 Close encounter between the Moon and Pollux (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 2.9°)
2021 11 25 07:48 Close encounter between the Moon and M 44 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 2.7°)
2021 11 26 14:11 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2021 11 26 14:59 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 27 00:32 Close encounter between the Moon and Regulus (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.4°)
2021 11 27 12:28 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2021 11 27 19:05 Opposition of the asteroid 1 Ceres with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.745 AU; magn. = 7.0)
2021 11 28 23:13 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2021 11 29 04:38 SUPERIOR CONJUNCTION of Mercury with the Sun (geoc. dist. centre to centre = 0.7°)
2021 11 29 11:49 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2021 11 29 18:25 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini