Daylight Savings Time Arrives
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday morning, November 7 at 2 a.m. With the resumption of standard time, midday (the time when the sun reaches its maximum altitude in the south part of the sky) will again be close to 12 noon on our clocks, rather than 1 p.m., as before.
San Diego's Latest Sunrise this year occurs on Saturday, November 6, at 7:11 a.m., owing to both the steady shortening of the daylight hours, but more importantly due to fact that daylight savings time is in effect until early November. If standard time were observed year-round, the latest possible sunrise in San Diego (6:52 a.m. PST) would always take place near January 8.
The Planet Venus practically vaults into the eastern sky at dawn during the first two weeks of November. Recently seen as an "evening star," Venus is now a "morning star" that rises before the sun does. This weekend, November 6 and 7, Venus can be glimpsed, low in the east, about 30 minutes before sunrise. By mid-November, though, the planet rises about 90 minutes before the sun does, and blazes like crazy in the east after dawn and before sunrise. By November's end, that gap between Venus-rise and sunrise will be three hours.
The Moon's Cheshire-cat smile, tilted mischievously, returns to the evening sky Sunday evening, November 7. If the skies are clear enough, you'll spot the waxing crescent moon's very thin crescent shape just over the southwest horizon about one-half hour after sunset. On succeeding evenings (after nightfall) observe the moon's thickening crescent, and its increased prominence in the sky as the week goes by.
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