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Sky Tonight—Feb 19, The Hare and the Dove below the

Sky Tonight—Feb 19, The Hare and the Dove below the Hunter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you look south around 8 p.m., you will easily notice a short, straight row of three medium bright stars. These stars represent the Belt of Orion the Hunter. Also, notice the star Sirius. Sirius: Dog Star and brightest star On old sky maps, the mighty Hunter of the ancient myths is seen poised with an upraised club and shield, as though fending off the raging Bull, Taurus. Jupiter is the bright ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Visit the NASA/JPL website to view more Astronomy Pictures of the Day Planetary Nebula Project Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio (Astro Anarchy) Explanation: Cast off by dying sunlike stars, planetary nebulae are a brief but glorious final phase of stellar evolution. The gaseous shrouds are ionized by an extremely hot central source, the shrinking core of a star running out of fuel for nuclear fusion. Shining in the cosmic night, their simple symmetries are ... Full Story

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