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Sunday, December 21, 2014

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For the northern hemisphere, last night’s moon was the full Hunter’s Moon. In the southern hemisphere, it was the second full moon of spring. The full moon reached the crest of its full phase today (Saturday, October 23) at 1:36 Universal Time. For the Central Time zone in the U.S., that was 8:36 p.m. yesterday, on Friday, October 22. Tonight’s moon is past full. It is actually a waning moon. However, no matter ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 22, Hunter’s Moon rises

EarthSky Tonight—October 22,  Hunter’s Moon rises at sunset, shines all night

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For the world’s northern hemisphere, tonight is the night of the Full Hunter’s Moon. Watch it rise in the east tonight as the sun goes down. Like any full moon, the Hunter’s Moon will shine all night long. It will soar highest in the sky around midnight tonight and will set in the west tomorrow around sunrise. The bright “star” near the moon tonight is really a planet, Jupiter. Officially, the Hunter’s Moon ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 21, Full Hunter’s Moon of

EarthSky Tonight—October 21, Full Hunter’s Moon of 2010 tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s moon is only a prelude to the full Hunter’s Moon that will grace North American skies tomorrow – on Friday evening, October 22. Nevertheless, the moon looks plenty full tonight, too, as it parades across the sky from dusk until dawn. The moon will reach the crest of its full phase tomorrow at precisely 8:46 p.m. Central Time (9:46 p.m. Eastern Time, 7:46 p.m. Mountain Time, 6:46 p.m. Pacific ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight October 20, Moon washes out

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight October 20, Moon washes out Orionid meteors, but guides you to Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The almost full waxing gibbous moon makes 2010 an unfavorable year for watching tonight’s Orionid meteor shower. However, that same big bright moon near Jupiter will be a sight to behold. Meteors first. The Orionid meteor shower will probably rain down their greatest number of meteors for 2010 before dawn on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Only diehard meteor enthusiasts will be watching, however, as the meteors are sure ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 19, Moon and Jupiter close

EarthSky Tonight—October 19, Moon and Jupiter close on sky’s dome

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As seen from North America, the waxing gibbous moon and the blazing planet Jupiter are the closest together for the month tonight. From Asia, they will be closest tomorrow night. Nevertheless, no matter where you live worldwide, look for Jupiter near tonight’s moon. Want more? Bright star in southeast on October evenings? It’s the planet Jupiter With the exception of the moon, Jupiter is the brightest heavenly ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 18, Bright object near

EarthSky Tonight—October 18,  Bright object near moon is Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here is the waxing gibbous moon shortly after sunset on Monday, not real far away from the largest planet in our solar system Jupiter. The waxing moon will be closer to Jupiter on Tuesday. If you are outside in twilight this evening, turn your focus on the moon. The best time to observe craters, mountains and valleys on the moon is in morning or evening twilight. That is when the moon appears bright against the darkening ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 17, Solar system’s

EarthSky Tonight—October 17,  Solar system’s outermost planet near moon

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Do not expect to see Neptune, even though it is close to the moon tonight. Neptune, the 8th planet out from the sun, is the only solar system planet that you absolutely cannot see with the unaided eye. Pluto is not visible to the unaided eye, either, but in 2006, this distant world was reclassified – some say demoted – to “dwarf planet” status. Because of the moonlit glare, you probably will not even see the ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 16, See Cassiopeia and Big

EarthSky Tonight—October 16, See Cassiopeia and Big Dipper on autumn evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org On October evenings, the Big Dipper resides rather low in the northwest sky, and the W or M-shape constellation Cassiopeia the Queen sits on her throne in the upper northeast sky. These two star formations are like riders on opposite side of a Ferris Wheel. They spin around Polaris, the North Star, once a day. As one rises upward, the other plunges downward – and vice versa. As evening deepens into late night, the Big ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 15, See the sky’s

EarthSky Tonight—October 15,  See the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Andy wrote, "Early this morning, looking southeast, I saw a beautiful star, bright and multicolored. . .Can you identify it for me?" Paula wrote, "This morning two of us got up early. We found a pulsing star straight down the sky below Orion’s Belt. It was pulsing the colors of green, yellow, blue and red like a strobe light. I will search for it every morning as it was so enchanting.” It is enchanting, so much so ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 14, Find constellations of

EarthSky Tonight—October 14,  Find constellations of the Zodiac on October evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today’s sky chart shows the constellations of the Zodiac that are up after nightfall on these October evenings. We got this question: "I’m having a difficult time being able to recognize the constellations of the Zodiac . . . do you have any advice?" Yes . . . we can recommend a few things. First, the zodiacal constellations are the backdrop for the pathway of the sun around our sky each year, and of the moon for ... Full Story

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