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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

‘Earth & Sky’ Archives

Sky Tonight—March 16, Smallest and largest planets

Sky Tonight—March 16, Smallest and largest planets in conjunction

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The planets Mercury and Jupiter meet up for a conjunction today. Conjunction means that these two worlds stand north and south of one another in right ascension. (Right ascension on the sky’s dome is the equivalent of longitude here on Earth.) Mercury swings north of Jupiter at 17 hours Universal Time (12:00 noon Central Daylight Time) on March 16. In the Americas, this conjunction takes place during ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 15, Jupiter is your guide to

Sky Tonight—March 15, Jupiter is your guide to Mercury in mid-March 2011

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you can find the blazing planet Jupiter in your western sky after sunset, you are virtually assured of seeing Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet. As long as your western horizon is free of obstruction – like houses, trees, or cloud cover – Mercury should be yours tonight. Remember to start your search soon after sunset, because these two worlds will set about 80 minutes after sundown ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 14, Moon and Gemini stars high in

Sky Tonight—March 14, Moon and Gemini stars high in south

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org This evening, as seen from the mid-northern latitudes, the waxing gibbous moon and the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux shine way up high in the southern sky. Castor and Pollux, the constellation Gemini the Twins’ two brightest stars, are seen above the moon. Procyon appears below the moon. Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor (the Lesser Dog). Once every month, the moon passes ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 13, Moon shines in front of Winter

Sky Tonight—March 13, Moon shines in front of Winter Circle

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org As seen tonight from all over the world, the moon passes right in front of the great big loop of stars known to northern hemisphere residents as the Winter Circle or the Winter Hexagon. This huge star formation makes even the constellation Orion the Hunter look small. Orion sits in the southwest (lower right) corner of the Winter Circle. The Winter Circle is an asterism – a group of stars that is NOT a ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 12, Moon between Capella and

Sky Tonight—March 12, Moon between Capella and Betelgeuse

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The first quarter moon will be shining between two brilliant stars tonight. Capella, the brightest star in the constellation Auriga, will be beaming north of the moon, while Betelgeuse, the star marking the right shoulder in the constellation Orion, will be shining south of the moon. From mid-northern latitudes in Europe and Asia, you will see the moon farther west (right), and closer to the star Aldebaran, ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 11, Moon and star Aldebaran close

Sky Tonight—March 11, Moon and star Aldebaran close in evening sky

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the waxing crescent moon and the star Aldebaran as they appear in North America. However, the moon and Aldebaran can be seen from pretty much all over the world this Friday evening. As seen from the eastern part of the globe – Asia, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand – the moon will be closer to the Pleiades cluster than to Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 10, Moon shines close to Pleiades

Sky Tonight—March 10, Moon shines close to Pleiades star cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The waxing crescent moon shines in the vicinity of the Pleiades star cluster tonight. On the other hand, if you live in the eastern part of the globe –Asia, Indonesia, Australia, or New Zealand – you will see the moon closer to the Pleiades tomorrow night. On a dark night, most people see the Pleiades cluster as a tiny dipper-shaped formation made of six little starlets. That lost seventh star – the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 9, Moon between Pleiades and

Sky Tonight—March 9, Moon between Pleiades and Ram’s Head

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org To see Jupiter in March 2011, look west soon after sunset Just after sunset tonight you will spot the crescent moon above the western horizon. The moon floats between the faint head stars of the constellation Aries and the mythic sisters in the constellation Taurus known as the Pleiades. The moon is five days past new so it still appears to us as a waxing crescent moon. The best place to tour the moon ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 8, The Summer Triangle, a signpost

Sky Tonight—March 8, The Summer Triangle, a signpost for all seasons

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org To see Jupiter in March 2011, look west soon after sunset As seen from our northern temperate latitudes, the three brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle – Vega, Deneb and Altair – are out for at least part of the night every night of the year. Presently, the Summer Triangle shines in the eastern sky at and before dawn. Like the Big Dipper, the Summer Triangle is an asterism – a pattern of stars ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 7, Mercury lurks beneath moon and

Sky Tonight—March 7, Mercury lurks beneath moon and Jupiter at dusk

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you have clear skies and live in the northern hemisphere, you should have no trouble spotting the waxing crescent moon and the blazing planet Jupiter after sunset, but the planet Mercury is a different story altogether. At mid-northern latitudes around the world tonight, Mercury follows the sun beneath the horizon around 45 minutes after sunset. The moon and Jupiter stay out until after dark. Looking ... Full Story

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