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Posts Tagged ‘Aldebaran’

Earthsky Tonight — March, 26, 2010: Moon swings

Earthsky Tonight — March, 26, 2010: Moon swings close to Regulus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Can you find the star that is shining close to the big and bright waxing gibbous moon tonight? That is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus is the only first-magnitude star to sit almost exactly on the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the Earth’s orbital plane projected outward onto the sphere of stars. The ecliptic is often shown on sky charts, because the moon and planets are always ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — On eve of equinox, moon between

Earthsky Tonight — On eve of equinox, moon between Pleiades and Ram’s Head

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org 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 waxing crescent moon is only four days past new so it still appears to us as a rather thin crescent. This is a great time to tour the moon with your binoculars or telescopes. The ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – February 21, 2010: First

Earthsky Tonight – February 21, 2010: First quarter moon near Pleiades

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The first quarter moon falls today at 6:42 p.m. Central Time. (That’s 7:42 p.m. Eastern time, 5:42 p.m. Mountain Time and 4:42 p.m. Pacific Time.) At first quarter phase, the lunar disk is half-illuminated in sunshine and half-engulfed in the moon’s own shadow. In other words, you are seeing half of the moon’s daytime side and half of the moon’s nighttime side. The moon is in front of the constellation ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – January 25, 2010: Moon close

Earthsky Tonight – January 25, 2010: Moon close to Aldebaran, Pleiades

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org We are displaying a larger swath of sky than we usually do on tonight’s chart. That’s because we’re showing you how to star-hop from the three stars of Orion’s Belt to the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster. Aldebaran and the Pleiades cluster reside within the constellation Taurus the Bull. However, you won’t need Orion’s Belt to locate Taurus the Bull tonight, because the bright waxing ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, January 21, 2010: Identify the stars

Earthsky Tonight, January 21, 2010: Identify the stars of the Winter Circle

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s chart covers a wider area of sky than what we typically show. It’s in answer to a reader in Nashville, who wrote, I’ve heard mention of the Winter Circle of Stars. Could you list the stars in this circle? You will find these stars at this time of year by looking east-southeast in early-mid evening. Again, this is a large pattern and covers a wide area of sky, but as always it’s easiest to ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer 10 spacecraft align in Taurus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Unfortunately, the big, bright moon will wash out most of the constellation’s stars. Despite the moonlit glare, you may note Taurus’ brightest star, Aldebaran, to the right of the moon this evening, and Elnath, Taurus’ second brightest star, to the left of the moon. For the second time this month, the moon and the ... Full Story

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