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‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

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…)

EarthSky: Mira the Wonderful, a famous variable star

EarthSky Communications Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 Today’s chart looks southeast on October evenings. That’s where you’ll find the constellation Cetus the Whale. Menkar is the brightest star in Cetus. It’s located about 220 light-years away. Menkar resides in the Head of the Whale, which is shaped like a lopsided pentagon and which is generally the easiest part of Cetus to identify. (more…)

Find the Andromeda galaxy in autumn

By Deborah Byrd EarthSky Communications Saturday, Oct. 18, 2009 The large square pattern on today’s chart is the Great Square in the constellation Pegasus. The constellation Andromeda can be seen as two streams of stars extending from one side of the Square, beginning at the star Alpheratz. I learned to find the Andromeda galaxy by star-hopping from the Great Square to the two stars marked here — first Mirach, then Mu Andromedae. (more…)

Where is the Big Dipper in autumn?

By Deborah ByrdEarthSky CommunicationsThursday, Oct. 8, 2009At this time of year, the most famous star pattern visible from this hemisphere — the Big Dipper — is low in the north during the evening hours. It’s tough to spot the Dipper in the evening at this time of year, especially in the southern states, although you’ll see it before dawn around now, ascending in the northeast. (more…)

White House star party kicks off astronomy events

This week, the White House kicks off a series of astronomy events with a star party. (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

May Full Moon May 8 or 9, 2009?

By Bruce McClure and Larry Sessions EarthSky Communications Friday, May 8, 2009 Your calendar might say that full moon comes on May 9, but it’s a very full-looking moon that’ll rise over the eastern horizon on May 8 at around sunset. At the meridian of Greenwich, England — the home meridian of Universal Time — the May full moon happens at 4:01 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s 10:01 p.m. tonight in the U.S. Mountain Standard time zone. (more…)

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