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Friday, February 27, 2015

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

EarthSky Tonight-June 27: Latest sunsets of the year

EarthSky Tonight-June 27: Latest sunsets of the year in late June

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For people living around 40 degrees north latitude, the latest sunset of the year happens around now. In the southern hemisphere, at 40 degrees south latitude, it is the year’s latest sunrise that is happening around now. That is in spite of the fact that the longest or shortest day of the year (in terms of daylight) took place about a week ago, on the June 21 solstice. To celebrate these late June sunsets, our sky ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 26: See Earth’s orbital plane

EarthSky Tonight-June 26: See Earth’s orbital plane with the mind’s eye

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org It is early evening, and our chart covers a much larger section of sky than we usually display. We are showing the sky’s southeast quadrant – from east-southeast (where the moon lies) to south-southwest (where the star Spica resides). As seen from mid-northern latitudes, this evening’s line-up of lights – the moon, the stars Antares, Zubenelgenubi and Spica – arcs rather low across the southern sky. The farther ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 25: Partial eclipse of moon

EarthSky Tonight-June 25: Partial eclipse of moon before dawn June 26 for Americas

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org There is a partial eclipse of the moon visible before dawn on Saturday, June 26, visible to those living in the western half of the United States, Canada or South America. The best view in the U.S. will be from the Pacific states, just before sunrise Saturday. Everyone in Mexico and Central America can also see the partial eclipse – everyone willing to wake up before dawn on Saturday morning. Some will see it and think ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 24: Earth passes between sun and

EarthSky Tonight-June 24: Earth passes between sun and Pluto tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Pluto – the former planet – comes to opposition on June 25, at 19:00 Universal Time. That is when we on Earth pass more or less between the sun and Pluto, so that this distant world is now opposite the sun in our sky. Of course, in Pluto’s case, it is not exactly opposite since the orbit of Pluto is inclined to the plane of the solar system by 17 degrees. That is a greater inclination than the orbits of Mercury, ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 23: Waxing gibbous moon passes

EarthSky Tonight-June 23: Waxing gibbous moon passes near Scorpion’s Heart

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight the moon returns to the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. The brightest star in the immediate vicinity is Antares, whose name means “like Mars,” because of its similar reddish hue. If you remember your Greek mythology, or perhaps episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, Ares is the god of war, the counterpart to the Roman god Mars. You can perform the color comparison yourself, because the planet Mars lies in the ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight, June 22: Moon near Crown of the

EarthSky Tonight, June 22: Moon near Crown of the Scorpion on June 22

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s moon appears near the upper part of the constellation Scorpius. These three stars are sometimes called the Crown of the Scorpion. Scorpius – which now rises in the south-southeastern sky at early evening, is the constellation of the Scorpion. Individually, the Crown stars are Graffias, Dschubba, and Pi Scorpii. It is rare when star patterns on our sky’s dome have anything to do with real associations ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 21: Solstice brings

Earthsky Tonight—June 21: Solstice brings northernmost sunrises, sunsets

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Another beautiful photo today from Dan Bush. This one is from his gallery of sunrises and sunsets. We use this photo today in honor of the June solstice, which happens today at 11:28 Universal Time (5:28 Mountain Daylight Time). No world body has designated an official day to start each new season, and yet today is widely recognized as the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and beginning of winter on the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer to Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Did you happen to see yesterday’s chart? If so – or if you looked in the actual sky during the evening hours – you might have noticed that last night’s moon was between the planet Saturn and the star Spica. This evening, the moon shines by the star Spica in the constellation Virgo. The moon was to the east of Spica last night. Tonight, if you look, you will find the moon much closer to Spica, the brightest star ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 19 Waxing moon between

Earthsky Tonight—June 19   Waxing moon between Saturn and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight the moon is in a waxing gibbous phase, meaning it appears more than half lighted but less than full. Tonight, the moon is to the west of the bright star Spica and to the east of the planet Saturn. Yesterday evening, the moon was closer to Saturn. Tomorrow evening, the moon will be closer to Spica. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. We have also indicated the whereabouts of the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 18: A half-moon Joins Saturn

Earthsky Tonight—June 18: A half-moon Joins Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, you have another planet-packed evening in store, with a couple of brilliant beacons to point the way. Dazzling Venus is visible in the west as evening falls, and the first-quarter moon shines in the southwest as seen from the northern hemisphere. The brightest “star” near the half-lit moon is Saturn. Thanks to its majestic system of rings, it has become an icon of “outer space” and staple of ... Full Story

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