December 2014
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  
News for Norther Colorado and the world

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Capella’

EarthSky Tonight—October 12, Arcturus sparkles in

EarthSky Tonight—October 12,  Arcturus sparkles in western sky on October evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Is Comet Hartley 2 beginning to brighten? A bright star in the west in the evening in October – flashing colors – is Arcturus. Let us back up a minute. The extremely bright object in the east to southeast sky on these October 2010 evenings is the planet Jupiter. Still, many have asked about a bright star – not as bright as Jupiter, but still very bright and twinkling very actively – in the west after sunset. Jim ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight— October 8, Close-up on

EarthSky Tonight— October 8, Close-up on constellation Auriga the Charioteer

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here’s a close-up look at the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. Its brightest star is called Capella. This constellation and its brightest star are easy to identify in the northeast by mid to late evening. If you don’t see them, try looking a bit later at night – especially if you live in the southern U.S. If you’re unsure whether you’ve identified Capella, you can always look nearby for a small triangle of ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 6, Golden Capella sparkles red

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At this time of year, the star in the northeast at around 9 p.m. is Capella in the constellation Auriga. Every year around this time, we get questions from people who see this star twinkling with red and green flashes when it is low in the sky. On October 12, we talk about Arcturus, the brilliant star in the western evening sky. When Arcturus looms low or sets in the west, that is the time to look for Capella in your ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Sept. 30, What bright star flashes

EarthSky Tonight—Sept. 30, What bright star flashes red and green in northeast?

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Every year in late September and early October, we get questions from people who see a bright star twinkling with red and green flashes, low in the northeastern sky. Capella is a golden star when seen higher up in the sky. If you could travel to it in space, you’d find that it’s actually two golden stars, both with roughly the same surface temperature as our local star, the sun . . . but both larger and brighter than the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 17, Heavenly Chariot flies

Earthsky Tonight — April 17,  Heavenly Chariot flies in west at nightfall

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As darkness falls, there are several ways to distinguish the brilliant star Capella from the other bright stars in the western half of sky. Capella, the northernmost first-magnitude star, is the farthest bright star to your right as you’re facing west. In addition, Capella looks yellow, like our sun. Moreover, Capella has a famous trio of starlets accompanying her, dubbed “The Kids.” Moreover, at nightfall and early ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — Earthsky Tonight

Earthsky Tonight — Earthsky Tonight

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Gemini, and is flanked by two beautiful stars. To the north of the moon is Capella, the beacon star in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. To the moon’s south you will find Procyon, the brightest light in the constellation Canis Minor the Little Dog. When you look at the moon at the same time each day, the moon appears to be farther east ... 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 – Feb 23, 2010: Moon highlights

Earthsky Tonight – Feb 23, 2010: Moon highlights Winter Circle

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org This evening, the waxing gibbous moon nearly aligns with the galactic anticenter – the direction opposite to the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Tonight’s moon, moreover, resides inside the Winter Circle – an incredibly large star configuration made of six brilliant winter stars. The Winter Circle – sometimes called the Winter Hexagon – is not one of the 88 recognized constellations. Rather, ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – February 18, 2010: Epsilon,

Earthsky Tonight – February 18, 2010: Epsilon, Auriga’s distant and mysterious star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At early evening, look up high for the brilliant star Capella, the brightest in the constellation Auriga the Charioteer. Close to Capella is a prominent triangle of starlets called The Kids. Lighting up the apex of this triangle is the star Epsilon Aurigae (Almaaz), one of the most mysterious stars in all the heavens. Although Capella looks much brighter than Epsilon, that is because Capella is so much closer. ... 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

Page 2 of 212