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Posts Tagged ‘gibbous moon’

Earthsky Tonight — April 26, Moon, Spica and Saturn

Earthsky Tonight — April 26, Moon, Spica and Saturn in Virgo

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon sits close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. The star-like point of light above the moon this Monday evening is actually no star at all but Saturn, the 6th planet outward from the sun. Although the moon pairs up with Spica for only a day or two each month, you can always use the Big Dipper to star-hop to Spica after the moon goes down the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 24, Waxing gibbous moon

Earthsky Tonight — April 24, Waxing gibbous moon pairs with Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the oval-shaped waxing gibbous moon shines close the ringed planet Saturn. At this time yesterday, a somewhat thinner waxing gibbous moon shone close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Why has the moon moved? The fact is that – every day – the moon travels about 13 degrees eastward in front of the backdrop stars. (The moon’s diameter equals about 1/2 degree, and your fist ... 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 — 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 — 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 – Feb 25, 2010: Moon and Mars

Earthsky Tonight – Feb 25, 2010: Moon and Mars close together

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The waxing gibbous moon and planet Mars can be seen in the eastern sky at nightfall tonight. These two worlds climb highest in the sky in mid to late evening and set in the west tomorrow before the onset of dawn. You can see the moon and Mars close together on our sky’s dome for most of the night tonight. The moon and Mars aren’t really close together in space. They only appear to be close, because they ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Feb 24, 2010: Moon near Mars,

Earthsky Tonight – Feb 24, 2010: Moon near Mars, Castor, Pollux

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The big and bright waxing gibbous moon erases many stars from the blackboard of night tonight. Nonetheless, the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins – Castor and Pollux – should be able to withstand the moonlit glare. The moon is near with Castor and Pollux this evening. However, you can’t count on the moon to guide you to Castor and Pollux every night. Tomorrow, at this same time, you ... 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 – January 28, 2010: Does Mars

Earthsky Tonight – January 28, 2010: Does Mars ever appear as large as the full moon?

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the planet Mars will be at at its biggest and brightest until the year 2014. Does that mean that Mars will be as large as the moon tonight? Check it out for yourself. This evening, look to the lower left of tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon for a ruddy-colored “star.” That “star” is actually Mars, the 4th planet outward from the sun, shining most brightly in Earth’s sky for ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight- January 24: Moon and Pleiades in

Earthsky Tonight- January 24: Moon and Pleiades in south at nightfall

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The waxing gibbous moon and the Pleiades star cluster are found high in the southern sky at nightfall and early evening. Although the moonlit glare may make it difficult to see this tiny, dipper-shape cluster of starlets tonight, be sure to check out the Pleiades on a dark, moonless night. Starting the first weekend of February, the moon will leave the evening sky for at least a week, staging the Pleiades in ... Full Story

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