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Posts Tagged ‘Betelgeuse’

Earthsky Tonight — April 28, Orion descends in the

Earthsky Tonight — April 28, Orion descends in the west each evening

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At this time of year, the famous constellation Orion is descending in the southwest to west in the hours after sunset. Orion is noticeable for its bright stars and its distinctive pattern on the sky’s dome. Look for three stars in a short, straight row. Then look for Betelgeuse and Rigel, Orion’s brightest stars. If you didn’t come to know it this winter, check it out now. It is one of the most distinctive of all ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 2, 2010: Moon and Scorpius

Earthsky Tonight — April 2, 2010: Moon and Scorpius rise after Orion sets

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here is the waning gibbous moon near the star Antares in the southeast sky shortly after midnight on April 3. If you are looking for the moon on the evening of April 2, you won’t find it. The moon will not rise tonight until after the middle of the night – at about the same time that the constellation Orion’s bright star Betelgeuse sets in the west. Tonight, from about one after midnight until dawn, the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — Moon between Capella and

Earthsky Tonight — Moon between Capella and Betelgeuse

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The rather wide waxing crescent moon will be shining in 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. The moon swings full circle in front of the starry heavens in a little over 27 days. Twenty-seven days from now – on ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — March 6, 2010: Last quarter moon

Earthsky Tonight — March 6, 2010: Last quarter moon near red star Antares

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org If you are an early riser, look out a south-facing window on the morning of March 7 (Sunday) to see a lovely last quarter moon in front of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. 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 to another famous red supergiant star, Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion the Hunter. ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – February 20, 2010: Orion

Earthsky Tonight – February 20, 2010: Orion shows you the ecliptic and summer solstice point

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Diana asks, "Why is the waxing moon always so high in the evening sky in late winter and early spring?" In a nutshell, Diana, it is because the ecliptic arcs high across the evening sky right now. The ecliptic is the Earth’s orbital plane projected onto stellar sphere, or the dome of sky. The ecliptic is often shown on sky charts because the moon and planets are found on or near the ecliptic. If you are familiar ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, February 4, 2010: Blue-white Rigel

Earthsky Tonight, February 4, 2010: Blue-white Rigel is at the foot of Orion

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The three sparkling blue-white stars of Orion’s Belt are easy to spot. As viewed from this hemisphere, this compact line of stars can be found in the southern sky at nightfall. Look in the south to southwestern sky any evening around now. Chances are the pattern you’ll pick out Orion! You may note that Orion’s two brightest stars – Betelgeuse and Rigel – lodge at an equal distance above and below ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, February 3, 2010: Somber red

Earthsky Tonight, February 3, 2010: Somber red Betelgeuse shines in the shoulder of Orion

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At nightfall and early evening, people at mid-northern latitudes see the famous Belt of Orion – three stars in a short, straight row – about halfway between the southern horizon and straight overhead. Later at night, you will find Orion in the southwest. Above Orion’s Belt, you will find one of the sky’s most famous stars, ruddy-hued Betelgeuse. Kids especially like Betelgeuse, because its name sounds so much ... 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 – Jan 08 2010 Orion the Hunter

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 08 2010 Orion the Hunter is easy to spot

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The constellation Orion the Hunter is probably the easiest to pick out of all the constellations in the winter sky. It’s identifiable by Orion’s Belt, three medium-bright stars in a short, straight row at the mid-section of the Hunter. See these stars? They are easy to spot on the sky’s dome. You’ll find Orion shining high in the south on January evenings. If you pick out any noticeable pattern in ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix – Orion’s third brightest – means ‘Female Warrior’

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The constellation Orion takes center stage this month and rightly so. With an inordinate number of bright stars, it is one of the most prominent constellations in the sky. Look for Orion in the east-southeastern sky from around 6 to 7 p.m. A while ago, we talked about Orion’s two brightest stars, but the third-brightest star in Orion, Bellatrix, is often overlooked. According to Richard Hinckley Allen’s ... Full Story

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