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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Antares’

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

From Sagittarius to Scorpius, the central Milky Way is a truly beautiful part of planet Earth's night sky. The gorgeous region is captured in this wide field image spanning about 30 degrees. The impressive cosmic vista, taken in 2010, shows off intricate dust lanes, bright nebulae, and star clusters scattered through our galaxy's rich central starfields.   A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center  Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder Explanation: From Sagittarius to ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 17, Bright moon near the

Sky Tonight—May 17, Bright moon near the Scorpion’s Heart

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The moon will look plenty full tonight, though it will really be a waning gibbous moon that lights the sky. Watch it rise in the southeast some time after sunset. The moon rides low above the horizon in mid-northern latitudes. If your southeastern horizon is rather cluttered, you might have to wait a few to several hours after sunset for the brilliant orb to clear any obstacles. Looking for a sky almanac? ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 19, Moon and Scorpion rise after

Sky Tonight—April 19, Moon and Scorpion rise after Orion sets

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Like clockwork, the constellations rise and set 4 minutes earlier with each passing day. Four minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up after a while. For instance, the stars rise and set one half-hour earlier with each passing week, or 2 hours earlier with each passing month. That is six hours difference after one 3-month season. Tonight, the red supergiant star Antares rises in the southeast ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a Royal Star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus is considered to be the Heart of the Lion in Leo. Regulus is also one of the four “Royal Stars” of ancient Persia. These Royal Stars mark the four quadrants of the heavens. They are Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut, and Aldebaran. Regulus: Heart of the Lion Four to five thousand ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 23, Moon near red star Antares

Sky Tonight—March 23, Moon near red star Antares before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you are an early riser, look out a south-facing window before dawn on March 24, 2011 – Thursday morning – to see a lovely waning gibbous moon in front of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Understanding moon phases The reddish star near the moon is Antares, considered the Scorpion’s ruby heart. Antares is a red supergiant star, located roughly opposite in the sky from another famous red ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 17, Moon swings close to Leo’s

Sky Tonight—March 17, Moon swings close to Leo’s bright star Regulus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at 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 ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—Feb 25, Scorpius the Scorpion’s

Sky Tonight—Feb 25, Scorpius the Scorpion’s stinger stars an early harbinger of spring

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Will you see the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion’s stinger stars below the waning crescent moon in the cold dawn tomorrow? You will need a clear, unobstructed view to the south to southeast to spot the stinger stars – Shaula and Lesath – flickering by the horizon. If you cannot spot these stars tomorrow, try again in later winter. The stars at the end of the Scorpion’s tail are also known ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—Feb 24, Moon by Scorpion’s Heart

Sky Tonight—Feb 24, Moon by Scorpion’s Heart before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Friday morning – an hour or two before sunrise – the moon will shine quite close to the heart star of the constellation Scorpius. Find the rather fat waning crescent moon in the south to southeastern sky. Then look for the nearby reddish star. If you can’t see the sanguine color of the Scorpion’s heart with the eye, try binoculars. That is Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius. This ruddy ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 29, Moon and Venus still close

Sky Tonight—January 29, Moon and Venus still close before sunrise

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Wake up before sunrise tomorrow (Sunday, January 30) to see the moon and the planet Venus – the two brightest orbs of nighttime – lighting up the dawn and predawn sky. Our sky chart shows the sky scene as viewed from North America. Elsewhere around the world at this hour, expect the waning crescent moon and Venus to be positioned a little differently in your sky. Still, it hardly matters. In the wee ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 28, Moon and Venus in dawn and

Sky Tonight—January 28, Moon and Venus in dawn and predawn sky tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Given clear skies, you cannot miss seeing the waning crescent moon with the blazing planet Venus before sunrise tomorrow (Saturday, January 29). The moon and Venus rank as the second and third brightest celestial bodies in all the heavens. The sun, of course, ranks as the brightest celestial body of them all. Look into the east or southeast sky at or before dawn to enjoy the beautiful morning tableau. ... Full Story

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