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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘EarthSky Tonight’

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 30, As Halloween approaches,

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 30, As Halloween approaches, find the Ghoul Star of Perseus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As Halloween approaches, try looking for the star Beta Persei, otherwise known as Algol in the constellation Perseus. This star’s proper name comes from the Arabic for head of the ghoul, or head of the demon. This star is known to vary in brightness over a regular time interval. The cycle lasts exactly 2 days, 20 hours and 49 minutes. All the while, the star remains visible to the eye. Algol’s brightness variations are ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 29, Last quarter moon marks

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 29, Last quarter moon marks direction of Earth’s orbital motion

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Spot Comet Hartley 2 at the feet of Gemini before moonrise tonight The cool thing about the last quarter moon is that it shows you in which direction our planet Earth is revolving around the sun. At quarter moon, the lunar disk is half-illuminated in sunshine and half-engulfed in the moon’s own shadow. The terminator – the shadow line dividing the lunar day from the lunar night – shows you where it’s sunset on ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 28, Mira the Wonderful, a

EarthSky Tonight—Oct. 28, Mira the Wonderful, a famous variable star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today’s chart looks shows you where to find Mira the Wonderful, the famous variable star, on October and November evenings. That is where you will find the constellation Cetus the Whale. Menkar is the brightest star in Cetus. It has located about 220 light-years away. Menkar resides in the Head of the Whale, which is shaped like a lopsided pentagon and which is generally the easiest part of Cetus to identify. Deneb ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight Oct. 27, Where is the Big

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight Oct. 27,  Where is the Big Dipper on these autumn evenings?

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Where is the Big Dipper at nightfall and early evening? At this time of year, the most famous star pattern visible from this hemisphere – the Big Dipper – lurks low in the north during the evening hours. It is tough to spot the Dipper in the evening at this time of year, especially in the southern states, although you will see it before dawn around now, ascending in the northeast. Bright object in southeast on October ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 26, Moon farthest north,

EarthSky Tonight—October 26, Moon farthest north, near star Elnath

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org On October 26, the moon swings to the northernmost point in its monthly orbit around Earth, and tonight, the moon shines near Elnath, the constellation Taurus’ second brightest star. As seen from mid-northern latitudes, the waning gibbous moon and Elnath rise into the east-northwest sky around mid-evening. At middle latitudes south of the equator, the moon and Elnath rise by late evening or around midnight. The moon ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 25, Moon between Pleiades

EarthSky Tonight—October 25, Moon between Pleiades and star Aldebaran

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the eastern sky for around mid-evening at mid-northern latitudes in North America, with the bright waning gibbous moon shining between the Pleaides star cluster and the star Aldebaran, the constellation Taurus’ brightest. Mid-northern latitudes elsewhere around the world will see the Pleiades and Aldebaran in the same place in the sky at the same hour of the night – yet the moon will be positioned ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 24, Moon can guide you to

EarthSky Tonight—October 24, Moon can guide you to Pleiades star cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the waning gibbous moon and the Pleiades star cluster for around mid-evening at North American mid-northern latitudes. However, no matter where you live worldwide, tonight’s moon will shine near the Pleiades cluster, so let the moon guide your eye to this cluster of stars tonight. At mid-northern latitudes in Europe or Asia, the gap between the moon and Pleaides will be greater than in North America, ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For the northern hemisphere, last night’s moon was the full Hunter’s Moon. In the southern hemisphere, it was the second full moon of spring. The full moon reached the crest of its full phase today (Saturday, October 23) at 1:36 Universal Time. For the Central Time zone in the U.S., that was 8:36 p.m. yesterday, on Friday, October 22. Tonight’s moon is past full. It is actually a waning moon. However, no matter ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 22, Hunter’s Moon rises

EarthSky Tonight—October 22,  Hunter’s Moon rises at sunset, shines all night

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For the world’s northern hemisphere, tonight is the night of the Full Hunter’s Moon. Watch it rise in the east tonight as the sun goes down. Like any full moon, the Hunter’s Moon will shine all night long. It will soar highest in the sky around midnight tonight and will set in the west tomorrow around sunrise. The bright “star” near the moon tonight is really a planet, Jupiter. Officially, the Hunter’s Moon ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 21, Full Hunter’s Moon of

EarthSky Tonight—October 21, Full Hunter’s Moon of 2010 tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s moon is only a prelude to the full Hunter’s Moon that will grace North American skies tomorrow – on Friday evening, October 22. Nevertheless, the moon looks plenty full tonight, too, as it parades across the sky from dusk until dawn. The moon will reach the crest of its full phase tomorrow at precisely 8:46 p.m. Central Time (9:46 p.m. Eastern Time, 7:46 p.m. Mountain Time, 6:46 p.m. Pacific ... Full Story

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