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Monday, July 28, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

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 11: Mars stationary in front

Earthsky Tonight—March 11: Mars stationary in front of stars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Almanacs say the planet Mars is “stationary” today. However, stationary doesn’t mean that Mars stays in the same place in Earth’s sky all night tonight. Mars actually shines in the southern sky at mid-evening, and crosses the sky westward throughout the night. This ruddy world sets beneath the western horizon before dawn tomorrow. Does stationary mean that Mars is staying still in its orbit around the ... 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, February 5, 2010 Bright Mars and

Earthsky Tonight, February 5, 2010 Bright Mars and Beehive star cluster in same binocular field

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org If you’ve never seen the planet Mars – or haven’t seen it recently – now is the time to look. This reddish world – the world most like Earth in our solar system – shines more brilliantly this February than it will for the next several years. What’s more, Mars sits right in front of the constellation Cancer the Crab now. It shines only 3 degrees from a beautiful star cluster in the direction of ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – January 30, 2010 Moon in Leo,

Earthsky Tonight – January 30, 2010 Moon in Leo, Mars in Cancer

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the eastern sky for around 8 to 9 o’clock tonight. The planet Mars shines brightly above the full-looking waning gibbous moon. Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, lurks to the lower left of the moon. Although Regulus rates as a first-magnitude star, it may be hard to spot in the lunar glare tonight. Try binoculars, if you can’t see Regulus with the eye alone. The ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – January 29, 2010 Mars at

Earthsky Tonight – January 29, 2010 Mars at opposition, near closest full moon

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Two major astronomical events fall within 10 hours of each other tonight. First, the planet Mars – the world most like Earth in our solar system – reaches opposition at 8 p.m. London time tonight. Second, the closest full moon of the year comes tomorrow at 6 a.m. London time – that’s around midnight tonight for us in the central U.S. What’s more, the moon is close to Mars tonight. Everyone around the ... 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 27, 2010 Mars comes

Earthsky Tonight – January 27, 2010 Mars comes closest to Earth

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today, the planet Mars comes closest to Earth for all of this year. Mars is at its best about every two Earth years, and now is the time. In fact, this planet is now shining at its brilliant best for several years to come. Tonight’s close encounter between the Earth and Mars will be the closest until the year 2014. Because it’s close, Mars is also particularly bright in Earth’s sky right now. ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, January 18, 2010: Moon and Jupiter

Earthsky Tonight, January 18, 2010: Moon and Jupiter move eastward through the stars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Did you see the moon to the west (or right) of the blazing planet Jupiter yesterday, on Sunday evening? This Monday evening, in contrast, the waxing crescent moon will appear above Jupiter. This is because the moon moves eastward in front of the backdrop stars at about 13 degrees per day. For a measurement reference, your fist at an arm length approximates 10 degrees. The moon isn’t the only solar sytem ... Full Story

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