Earth and Planetary Science
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October Planet Rise Over The Oakland Hills And Other Sky Events For November

Friday, November 3, 2017


Early risers in the Bay Area on October 17 were treated to a beautiful sight-the planets Venus and Mars rising in the eastern sky with the Moon.

Despite the heavy accumulation of particulates in the air due to the horrific Napa County fires burning at the time, the smoke played little part in hampering the visual treat for skywatchers. 

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Skywatchers should also take note of the following “easy to see” events happening in the skies over the Bay Area in the month of November:


November 13

Venus/Jupiter Conjunction Before Sunrise In The Eastern Sky.


November 14-15

The Moon and Mars Will Be Rising Before Sunrise In The Eastern Sky.


November 16

The Moon, Jupiter and Venus Will Be Rising Before Sunrise In The Eastern Sky.

November 19

The Moon and Mercury Will Be Setting In The Western Sky About One Hour After Sunset.


November 20

The Moon and Saturn Will Be Setting In The Western Sky About One Hour After Sunset.


November 27

The International Space Station Transits The Moon At 17:49:15.40.

Berkeley and Oakland Sky Watchers Will See The ISS Transit Near The Moon, But Residents In San Rafael, Larkspur, and Stinson Beach Will See The ISS Actually Pass Between The Moon And Earth.

The ISS/Moon Transit Is Expected To Last 0.75 Seconds.