Mars is in conjunction with the star Spica for the next couple weeks, and Jupiter rises a bit earlier each morning in the eastern predawn sky. You might catch a short glimpse of Venus as it rises shortly before the Sun.
For an observing challenge, see if you can spot the zodiacal light in the eastern sky a few hours before dawn; use Mars and Spica as a guide - you'll need to be in a dark sky location.
Zodiacal Light in the eastern sky 4:40 AM Nov. 28, 2017. Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.
The light of the waxing gibbous Moon will make Uranus a poor observing target - the Moon, however, should be a great observing target all week long. The Moon will be full on Dec. 3rd.
Southeastern sky after sunset Nov. 28, 2017. Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.
For an observing challenge, see if you can spot Saturn and Mercury in the southwestern sky at 5:30 PM - look quick, you'll only have a few minutes to see them before they set!
Southwestern sky at 5:30 PM Nov. 28, 2017. Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.
Sunspots come and go - last week one vanished from view, this week sunspot AR2689 appeared slightly north of center on Nov. 24th, and is rotating away towards the limb of the Sun.
The Sun - Nov. 28, 2017 - Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI). Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
The "C" shaped filament I mentioned last week still remains, and has rotated almost to the limb of the Sun - I expect to see some interesting prominences over the next week.
The Sun in 304 angstroms showing several prominences - Nov. 28, 2017. Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
The northern coronal hole has lost it's south-reaching peninsula from last week, and now the southern coronal hole has peninsula reaching northward. The ">>>" pattern caused by the Sun's differential rotation is easily visible in this image:
The Sun in multiple frequencies - Nov. 28, 2017 - Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) 211, 193, and 171 angstroms. Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
You can view the Sun in multiple frequencies, in near real-time here: SDO-The Sun Now
The Sky Overhead
The Sky Overhead, 7:00 PM Nov. 28 2017. Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.