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Monday, November 24, 2014

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

Earthsky Tonight—May 22, Moon near golden planet

Earthsky Tonight—May 22, Moon near golden planet Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org find the moon in a waxing gibbous phase this evening – more than half lighted but less than full – in the sky from sunset until after midnight. Tonight’s moon will be visible near a bright object in our sky. It’s not a star, but a planet – Saturn, planet of the rings. Given clear skies, almost everyone around the world can see the moon and Saturn near each other this evening. Earth passed between Saturn and ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 21, Gibbous moon between Mars

Earthsky Tonight—May 21, Gibbous moon between Mars and Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s waxing gibbous moon points out a colorful lineup of celestial lights. The planet Saturn shines to the left (or east) of the moon, whereas the star Regulus and the red planet Mars shine to the moon’s right (or west). These heavenly bodies exhibit distinctive colors, but you may need binoculars to discern them. Saturn, the 6th planet outward from the sun, appears yellow or golden through binoculars. What’s ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 20, First quarter moon – or

Earthsky Tonight—May 20, First quarter moon – or ‘half moon’ – near Regulus and Mars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org In the west-southwest this evening, the first-quarter moon hangs below the “Sickle” of the constellation Leo the Lion, and its brightest star, Regulus. Note that the “Sickle” looks like a backward question mark. If you hold your outstretched fist to the right of the moon, it will span the distance to a ruddy “star” – but that’s no star, it’s the planet Mars. Ever since the end of January – when Mars and ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 19, Moon and Mars close

Earthsky Tonight—May 19, Moon and Mars close together

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org This evening, the rather fat waxing crescent moon sits fairly close to the ruddy planet Mars. Yesterday evening, a somewhat thinner lunar crescent shone closer to the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux. Tomorrow evening, the first quarter moon will shine more closely to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. The moon, always in motion, continually goes eastward in font of the background stars. It ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 18, Moon near Mars, Castor,

Earthsky Tonight—May 18, Moon near Mars, Castor, Pollux

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At nightfall, the waxing crescent moon lines up with Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. People often refer to these stars as ‘The Twins’ but they aren’t really twins at all. At a distance of about 34 light-years, Pollux wins acclaim as the closest giant star to our solar system. It’s one of the very few giant stars in our galaxy known to harbor a planet. Castor is ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 16, Crescent moon near Venus

Earthsky Tonight—May 16, Crescent moon near Venus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As seen from parts of southeast Asia, the moon passes in front of Venus at about 10 hours Universal Time today. Unfortunately, this is not visible to North American or European observers, but we have not lost out entirely. Tonight, just as it gets dark, look to the western sky and, weather permitting, you should see a beautiful sight — bright Venus with the waxing crescent moon nearby. You should have no trouble finding ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 15, Crescent moon near Venus

Earthsky Tonight—May 15, Crescent moon near Venus after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Sharp-eyed observers with clear skies and a good view of the western sky may catch a thin lunar crescent a few degrees to the lower right of Venus this evening. Best views will be about a half hour to an hour after local sunset. Face the west-northwestern horizon. If the sky is clear and you have an unhampered view, Venus will be un-missable! The thin crescent moon is below and to the right. Because the moon and planets ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 14, 2010 Spot the young moon

Earthsky Tonight—May 14, 2010 Spot the young moon below Venus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Do you have a clear evening sky – unobstructed by trees, tall buildings, or any sort of haze? Then look near the western horizon, shortly after sunset Friday evening, May 14, for a very young waxing crescent moon. If you cannot see the whisker-thin lunar crescent with your eye at first, try scanning with binoculars along the western horizon, in the darkening twilight. Then, once you spot the moon, set the binoculars ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 13, 2010: M13, the Great

Earthsky Tonight—May 13, 2010: M13, the Great Cluster in Hercules

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Hercules above the star Vega. Today’s closer view can help you identify the most famous deep-sky object within this constellation. It is a globular star cluster known as M13. Today’s chart shows the location of M13. It is about a third of the distance along a line between the stars Eta and Zeta Hercules. We are not showing you what the cluster looks like on this chart – and in the sky, you’ll see it differently, ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May, 17, Moon near Venus, Castor

Earthsky Tonight—May, 17, Moon near Venus, Castor and Pollux

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org This evening after dark look in the west to find a lovely waxing crescent moon in front of the constellation Gemini, also known as the Twins. The Gemini Twins – Castor and Pollux – stand upright upon the horizon at early evening. As evening deepens into late night, Gemini slowly but surely sinks beneath the horizon, to disappear from the sky by around 1:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Can you identify the stars Castor and ... Full Story

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