November Skywatching: Jupiter, Taurid, and Leonid Meteor Showers Set to Dazzle

Get ready for a celestial spectacle as Jupiter takes center stage and two meteor showers light up the November sky.

As we bid farewell to October’s mesmerizing solar eclipse, November promises to bring us more celestial wonders. Our solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, will be in the spotlight throughout the month, reaching its most prime viewing position on November 3rd. Alongside Jupiter, two prominent meteor showers, the Taurids and the Leonids, will grace the night sky, offering a dazzling display of shooting stars. So, grab your telescope or binoculars and prepare to be amazed by the wonders of the universe.

Jupiter in Opposition: Nov. 3

Witness Jupiter at its best as it reaches opposition on November 3rd.

Jupiter, the giant of our solar system, will be the star of the show this November. On November 3rd, it will reach opposition, the point at which it is directly opposite the Sun from Earth’s perspective. This means that Jupiter will be at its closest approach to Earth, making it the ideal time to observe the gas giant. With a telescope or a pair of binoculars, you’ll be able to witness the four brightest moons of Jupiter in all their glory. Don’t miss this opportunity to marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of our neighboring planet.

Taurid Meteor Shower: Nov. 11-12

Brace yourself for vibrant fireballs as the Taurid meteor shower graces the night sky.

While the Taurids may not produce the same quantity of meteors as the Geminids or Perseids, they make up for it with their quality. Known for their vibrant fireballs that streak across the night sky, the Taurid meteor shower is a sight to behold. The peak of this meteor shower will occur around midnight on November 11th-12th, coinciding with the new moon, which will enhance the viewing experience. To make the most of this celestial event, find a location far away from any light pollution, let your eyes adjust for about 15 minutes, and simply look up. Prepare to be mesmerized by the cosmic fireworks.

Leonid Meteor Shower: Nov. 17-18

Overlapping with the Taurids, the Leonid meteor shower offers a chance to witness shooting stars in complete darkness.

As the Taurids fade away, the Leonids take their turn to light up the night sky. The peak of the Leonid meteor shower is expected to occur on November 17th-18th. Despite the presence of a waxing crescent moon, the viewing should not be hindered. In complete darkness, away from any light pollution, you can expect to see around 10 meteors per hour. To locate the shower, find the constellation Leo and be patient as you wait for these celestial wonders to streak across the sky. Let the beauty of the universe captivate your imagination.


November promises to be a month of celestial splendor, with Jupiter taking center stage and two meteor showers, the Taurids and the Leonids, gracing the night sky. Whether you’re gazing at the gas giant through a telescope or marveling at the vibrant fireballs of the Taurids, these celestial events offer a chance to connect with the vastness and beauty of our universe. So, mark your calendars, find a spot away from city lights, and prepare to be awestruck by the wonders of the cosmos.