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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

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

Earthsky Tonight—June 17, View Mars tonight via

Earthsky Tonight—June 17, View Mars tonight via reflected sunlight nearly 28 minutes old

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The crescent moon glides by Mars tonight, making it easy to identify the planet, which has been getting dimmer for the past few months. If you face west about an hour after sunset, Mars is the yellow or orange “star” just to the north of the moon. Saturn, very slightly brighter than Mars, is a bit farther from and above the moon. Mars is known as the “Red Planet,” but most people do not see it with a truly red ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 16, Waxing Crescent Moon meets

Earthsky Tonight—June 16, Waxing Crescent Moon meets the “Little King” of Leo

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org If you have been watching the crescent moon over the past few days, you know that since it passed Venus a couple of nights ago, it slips farther east and is slightly fuller each evening. Tonight it is well placed in the sunset sky in the early evening, appearing to pass near Regulus, the “Little King” or “Heart of the Lion,” in Leo. Face the western sky just after it gets dark and you can easily find the lunar ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 15: Moon and Venus still close

Earthsky Tonight—June 15: Moon and Venus still close after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the sky scene for mid-northern latitudes in North America. Depending on where you live worldwide, Venus may appear closer or farther from tonight’s waxing crescent moon, or may even appear below the moon. But no matter. Nighttime’s two brightest heavenly bodies bask away in the west as darkness falls around the world. These two bathing beauties shine by reflecting sunlight. Over time, both worlds ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 14: Young moon and Venus in

Earthsky Tonight—June 14: Young moon and Venus in west after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the slender waxing crescent moon lodges close to the planet Venus. This dazzling world ranks as the third brightest celestial body in all the heavens, after the sun and moon. As seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres, Venus will set beneath the west-northwest horizon about 2.5 hours after sunset. Our chart shows the sky as it looks from mid-northern latitudes in North America. From almost ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 13: Year’s earliest sunrises

Earthsky Tonight—June 13: Year’s earliest sunrises for northern latitudes

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For all of us in the northern hemisphere, the earliest sunrises of the year are happening now, despite the fact that the solstice is still a week away. If you are privileged enough to be outdoors before one of these early sunrises, you’ll find some of the most beautiful dawn twilights of the year … and, in 2010, you’ll also find the second brightest of all planets, Jupiter, blazing away in the southeast sky. For the ... Full Story

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