Innermost planet Mercury puts on its best morning display of the year for Northern Hemisphere observers from late November to early December.
This looping animation shows the changing configuration of Mercury, Mars and Virgo’s brightest star, Spica, from 18 November through 3 December at dawn.
The Moon’s size on 24 and 25 November has been enlarged for clarity.
AN animation by Ade Ashford. Courtesy of Astronomy Now https://astronomynow.com
New moon occurs tomorrow, the 26th. A delicate, waxing crescent climbs into view below Venus and Jupiter on the 27th, promising a spectacular sight close to the southwest horizon if you can catch it before moonset at 5:27 p.m. On Thursday the 28th, see the crescent near Venus. Moonset on the 28th is at 6:17 p.m. and about an hour later each night going forward.
Continue planetary observations on the opposite horizon first thing in the morning. In the hour before sunrise, the remaining two naked eye planets – bright Mercury and dimmer, red Mars – sketch a showy diagonal with blue-white star Spica in the southeast. Thanks to Ade Ashford and Astronomy Now, an outstanding print and online astronomy publication from the UK, for the animation and accompanying text. Note that observing from the British Isles is, in this instance, accurate for our latitude.