November 13: Total Solar Eclipse. Full details on this are here, and, though Cairns is without a doubt the hotspot, Eastern Australia and some of New Zealand will at least enjoy a partial eclipse.
November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower. If you thought the Orionids were cool, the Leonids will blow your socks off with their 40 meteors an hour. Again, a dark location is important, as you'll have to find the Leo constellation first to pinpoint the sky location for the meteor shower. Having traveled to see the Leonids before, we can say that yeah, they're awesome.
November 28: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and North America. So...everybody party!
December 3: Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. Again, a telescope is recommended if you'd like to do more than point at a vague point in the sky.
December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower. Getting even better than the Leonids, the Geminids streak by with up to 60 meteors an hour. If you can stand the December cold under a dark sky, locate the Gemini constellation to watch the show after midnight.
[Photo: Joe Corrigan]