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Thursday, September 3, 2015

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

EarthSky Tonight – December 22, See the Summer

EarthSky Tonight – December 22, See the Summer Triangle in winter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.com If you’re driving around tonight, maybe visiting friends or looking at holiday lights, be sure to look for some noteworthy lights in the sky as well. In the west, shortly after sunset, you’ll find a famous “asterism, ” or noticeable pattern of stars, known as the Summer Triangle. The Triangle consists of three bright stars in three different constellations. They are Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, Deneb in the ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight – December 21, 2009 Winter

EarthSky Tonight – December 21, 2009 Winter Solstice

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today is the day of the December solstice – the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere. At 5:47 p. m. Universal Time (12:47 p. m. Mountain Time) today, the sun reaches its farthest point south of the Earth’s equator, marking the precise moment of this year’s 2009 December solstice. In both the northern and the southern hemisphere, the December solstice brings ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 20, 2009 Moon and Jupiter

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 20, 2009 Moon and Jupiter close together

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Moon and Jupiter close together on December 20. If your sky is clear, you simply can’t miss the planet Jupiter after sunset. Jupiter will be that blazing point of light to the east (or left) of the waxing crescent moon. Be sure to look for the attractive evening couple at dusk and early evening, because the moon and Jupiter will set beneath your southwestern horizon by mid-evening tonight. Although the moon and Jupiter appear ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 19 2009 Ursid meteor

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 19 2009 Ursid meteor shower active the next few nights

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.earthsky.org Some meteor showers, like the Perseids in August, have been watched each year at the same time for many centuries. But the Ursid meteor shower, which peaks in the next day or so, has been observed for only a single century. It was first observed around the turn of the 20th century, when a skywatcher noticed that some meteors seen around this time of year weren’t random in their direction of motion across our sky’s dome… ... Full Story

Moon passes close to galactic anticenter star

By Bruce McClure EarthSky Communications Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 The bright waning gibbous moon rises an hour or more after nightfall tonight. If you look closely, you’ll see a star near the moon. It’s Elnath, the star representing Taurus the Bull’s northern horn. It’s a fairly bright star, though it’ll be obscured by the moonlit glare. After rising, the moon and Elnath stay out all night long tonight. (more…)

Berthoud Meteorite: 5 Years of State’s 5th Fall

By Suzanne Metlay Secure World Foundation A whistling noise and a thump …  and then a discovery that would change their lives, a rock from another world landed in their horse pasture near Berthoud. Megan Clifford and her son Andy found what is now officially recognized as the Berthoud meteorite on Oct. 5, 2004. The Berthoud meteorite is one of only five “falls” discovered in the state of Colorado. A fall is witnessed during and collected after its descent through Earth’s ... Full Story

Is the Sept. 4 Full Moon the ‘Harvest

By Bruce McClure EarthSky Communications Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 All around the world tonight, a great big, round moon rises in the east around sunset, and sets in the west tomorrow around sunrise. More often than not, the September full moon wins the title of Harvest Moon in the northern hemisphere. But not this year. The next equinox comes on Sept. 22. By common practice, the September equinox marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the start of spring in the southern ... Full Story

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