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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘Moon tonight’

Earthsky Tonight—July 7, 2010: The moon will pass

Earthsky Tonight—July 7, 2010: The moon will pass the Pleiades before dawn July 8

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Put your coffee pot on a timer and set your alarm for a couple of hours before sunrise, because you are going to want to get up early tomorrow. In the dark eastern skies before dawn tomorrow, the crescent moon passes near the Pleiades star cluster. The best views are from the North American East Coast and western South America, but chances are good from Europe and the rest of North America as well. In fact, the moon appears ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight— July 6, 2010: Earth farthest from

Earthsky Tonight— July 6, 2010: Earth farthest from sun for 2010 on July 6

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today, our planet Earth reaches its most distant point from the sun for this year. Astronomers call this farthest point aphelion, and, at aphelion, we are about three million miles farther from the sun than we will be six months from now. That is in contrast to our average distance from the sun of about 93 million miles. Are you looking for Earth’s exact distance from the sun today? It is at 94,508,351 miles. Last year, ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 5, 2010: Constellation named

Earthsky Tonight—July 5, 2010: Constellation named for a Polish king

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Now that the moon is past last quarter and therefore gone from the evening sky, look for one of summer’s most beautiful celestial sights. Be sure you are looking in a dark country sky, on a night when the moon is down. In a dark country sky, you will find a hazy pathway stretched across the sky during the late July evening hours. This band is the starlit trail of our own Milky Way galaxy. Looking southward late in the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 4, Draco the Dragon on July

Earthsky Tonight—July 4, Draco the Dragon on July evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At nightfall tonight, the starlit Eyes of Draco the Dragon peer down upon you from almost overhead. Their names are Eltanin and Rastaban. If the sun, Eltanin and Rastaban all were located the same distance from us, it’s thought that Eltanin would shine 600 times more brightly than our sun and that Rastaban would shine 950 times more brightly. Though Rastaban is actually the more luminous of these two stars, Eltanin ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 3: Moon and Jupiter again

Earthsky Tonight—July 3: Moon and Jupiter again between midnight and dawn July 4

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The darkness between midnight and dawn belongs to the last-quarter moon and Jupiter. They appear in the east as today becomes tomorrow, and steadily climb into the sky. Jupiter is the solar system’s largest planet, more massive than all the other planets, moons, and other debris combined. And we are lucky to have it. Astronomers believe that its gravitational presence has kept Earth safe by sending asteroids and comets ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 1: Big Dipper points to

Earthsky Tonight—July 1: Big Dipper points to Polaris, helps find Thuban

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today our star-hopping adventure begins at the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major. Draw a line through the Big Dipper’s pointer stars – Duhbe and Merak – to locate Polaris the North Star. Polaris isn’t the brightest star in the sky, as is commonly supposed. It is only the 50th brightest or so. Still, Polaris is bright enough to be seen with relative ease on a dark, clear night. This star is famous not for ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 30:When is the next meteor

Earthsky Tonight—June 30:When is the next meteor shower?

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org We get lots of questions about meteor showers. Kathlen in the Bronx wrote, “When is the next meteor shower going to happen?” Gayatri in Oceanside, California wrote, “I have never seen a shooting star. I want to see one. Is there any event happening? How should I find one?” Kathlen, Gayatri, and everyone else who longs to see a “shooting star” or meteor streaking across a clear night sky . . . it is possible to ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 29: Find the Libra stars

Earthsky Tonight—June 29: Find the Libra stars between Antares and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Before moonlight floods the nighttime at late night tonight, see if you can spot the constellation Libra’s two visible yet modestly bright stars: Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. If you live at mid-northern latitudes – like in North America, Europe and Asia – you will see these Libra stars rather low in your southern sky at nightfall and early evening. As seen from middle latitudes in the southern hemisphere – like ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 28:Look for daytime moon each

Earthsky Tonight—June 28:Look for daytime moon each morning this week

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Full moon was two days ago. That means the moon is now in a waning gibbous phase, rising late at night and setting in a westward direction after sunrise. That means you can look in the southwest sky after sunrise tomorrow to see the moon in a clear blue daytime sky. Each day this week you can see the daytime moon in the morning sky. If you look for the moon at the same time every morning, you will see that the moon climbs ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 21: Solstice brings

Earthsky Tonight—June 21: Solstice brings northernmost sunrises, sunsets

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Another beautiful photo today from Dan Bush. This one is from his gallery of sunrises and sunsets. We use this photo today in honor of the June solstice, which happens today at 11:28 Universal Time (5:28 Mountain Daylight Time). No world body has designated an official day to start each new season, and yet today is widely recognized as the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and beginning of winter on the ... Full Story

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