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‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 25, Find the Water Jar of

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 25, Find the Water Jar of Aquarius to the west of Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Will you spot the Water Jar in the constellation Aquarius to the west (right) of the blazing planet Jupiter tonight? You are only likely to see the Y-shaped Water Jar and the stars of Aquarius if you have access to a dark sky. From downtown in a major city, you have a good chance of spotting Jupiter at nightfall and early evening, but that might be about it. Look for Jupiter to blaze in the southern sky at ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 24,Venus getting brighter in

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 24,Venus getting brighter in the predawn sky

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The planet Venus – the most brilliant celestial object after the sun and moon – is getting brighter day by day in the November predawn sky. This dazzling world was in our evening sky earlier this year. However, it recently passed between earth and the sun, so that it now rises about 3 hours before sunrise as seen from mid-northern latitudes. Moreover, at middle latitudes south of the equator, Venus rises less ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 23, Northern Crown shines

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 23,  Northern Crown shines after dusk and before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org At nightfall and early evening, the bowl-shaped constellation Corona Borealis – the Northern Crown – shines to the lower right of the star Vega, close to your western horizon. Can you spot brilliant Vega shining rather high in the western sky at nightfall? It can guide you to the Northern Crown. You will need a dark sky to see the Northern Crown, which is a glittery semicircle of stars. See the pattern of ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 22, Month’s most northerly

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 22, Month’s most northerly moon

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org No matter where you live worldwide, tonight you will see a moon that is as far north as the June solstice sun. That is because the moon will reach its northernmost point for the month tonight. Watch for the full-looking waning-gibbous moon to rise north of due east around nightfall tonight. Like the sun during the day, tonight’s moon will travel westward throughout the night as Earth spins beneath the sky. Look ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 21, Watch for Blue Moon near

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 21,  Watch for Blue Moon near Pleiades

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Yes. Today’s November full moon is a Blue Moon. It is not blue in color. It’s only blue in name – at least, by one definition. Tonight’s moon is the third of four full moons in a season. So many will call it a Blue Moon. There is a more modern definition of Blue Moon. It is the idea that a Blue Moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. The next Blue Moon to fit this description will come on August ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 20, Nearly full moon near

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 20, Nearly full moon near famous Pleaides star cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org At the instant that the moon turns full in November 2010, the moon will rendezvous with the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Before the full moon, the moon lies to the west of the Pleiades. (West is to the right as seen from our northerly latitudes.) After the full moon, the moon moves to the east of the Pleiades. At full moon, the moon swings just south of the Pleiades cluster according ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 19, Moon in front of Aries the

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 19, Moon in front of Aries the Ram

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The moon shines in front of the constellation Aries the Ram tonight. But the glare of the almost-full waxing gibbous moon will make the mighty Ram look sheepish in the moon-drenched sky. The moon will turn full on November 21. This will be the third of four full moons to fall in between the September equinox and the December solstice. Generally, there are only three full moons in one season, so the third of ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 18, Moon and Jupiter tonight,

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 18, Moon and Jupiter tonight, Venus rises before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The moon and solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, shine from dusk until well after midnight tonight. They will be very noticeable as the brightest objects in the night sky. After Jupiter and the waxing gibbous moon set in the west before Friday dawn tomorrow, look for the blazing planet Venus to rise in the east before dawn. The little star near it is Spica in the constellation VIrgo. The planet Saturn is ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 17, No meteors last night? Try

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 17, No meteors last night? Try between moonset and dawn November 18

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The forecast calls for the annual Leonid meteor shower to be at its best during the predawn hours on Wednesday, November 17, or Thursday, November 18. Which morning will be best for the U.S.? You’ll have to go out under a clear dark country sky to see for yourself. If the prediction holds true, Asia should be in the best position to see the Leonids at their peak on Thursday – in between moonset and dawn. ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 16, Leonid meteors peak before

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 16, Leonid meteors peak before dawn November 17 and 18

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Here is the radiant point for the Leonid meteor shower. The 2010 Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak before dawn on Wednesday, November 17, or Thursday, November 18. If you have a dark sky – far from city lights – you might see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour at the shower’s peak. The best time to watch will be after the moon sets in the wee hours before dawn. Many ask about the radiant points ... Full Story

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