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Moon dominates the night sky through the weekend

November 02, 2017; 1:41 PM

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AccuWeather Astronomy Friend Lunar 101-Moon Book sees the waxing gibbous moon Monday night


The moon will be very bright in the evening sky tonight. It rises before sunset and sets just before dawn. The full moon rises tomorrow night.

The November full moon is known as the Full Beaver Moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, this name originates from 17th century, when it was the time of year for the Algonquin tribes and colonists to set beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This moon is also called the Full Frost Moon.

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Peter J. Scott sees the first quarter Moon this past weekend


This full moon will occur close to Lunar Perigee, but not quite close enough to be considered a "supermoon;" however, December's full moon will be a supermoon.

While the moon will wash out most of the night sky, you can still see a few other things. I have been getting questions about the "bright star" in the sky before sunrise. This "star" is Venus. It outshines everything other than the Sun and Moon.

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Check for Venus in the hour leading up to sunrise.

In a little more than a week, we are in for a treat. Venus and Jupiter will appear side by side! These are the two brightest planets, so it will be quite the show! This alignment occurs the morning of Nov. 13.

Enjoy your time outside! Not too many things are free anymore. However, looking at the night sky is still one of those things. Thanks for reading! Just look up; you never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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