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Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

Earthsky Tonight, February 2, 2010: Best time of year

Earthsky Tonight, February 2, 2010: Best time of year to see Saturn is approaching

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the southern sky in the wee hours before dawn on Wednesday, February 3. Blue-white Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden, sparkles to the left of the waning gibbous moon. The golden planet Saturn lies to the moon’s upper right. The best time of year to see the planet Saturn is approaching. Saturn is the faintest of the bright planets, so it’s not the easiest planet ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, February 1, 2010: Moon and Saturn

Earthsky Tonight, February 1, 2010: Moon and Saturn rise in late evening

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org You’ll have to stay up fairly late to see the moon and the planet Saturn tonight – or wake up early tomorrow. Our chart shows the eastern sky at around 10 to 11 p.m. The moon rises first. Then Saturn follows the moon above the horizon a bit later. For the precise rising time of the moon and Saturn into your sky, check the links on our almanac page. After they rise, the moon and Saturn travel westward ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, January 31, 2010: Watch for Leo the

Earthsky Tonight, January 31, 2010: Watch for Leo the Lion, harbinger of spring

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The moon, planets and stars – like the sun – rise in the east and set in the west. Tonight, the waning gibbous moon will rise an hour or so after nightfall. However, the constellation Leo the Lion won’t be totally above the horizon until about 2 hours after darkness falls. Like the sun, the stars swing full circle across the sky once a day. Unlike the sun, however, the stars return to the same place in the sky in ... 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 25, 2010: Moon close

Earthsky Tonight – January 25, 2010: Moon close to Aldebaran, Pleiades

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org We are displaying a larger swath of sky than we usually do on tonight’s chart. That’s because we’re showing you how to star-hop from the three stars of Orion’s Belt to the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster. Aldebaran and the Pleiades cluster reside within the constellation Taurus the Bull. However, you won’t need Orion’s Belt to locate Taurus the Bull tonight, because the bright waxing ... 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

Earthsky Tonight, January 17, 2010 Moon and Jupiter

Earthsky Tonight, January 17, 2010 Moon and Jupiter set as Mars rises

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight and tomorrow night, the moon will guide you to the two brightest planets in the January evening sky – Jupiter and Mars. As darkness falls, look low in your west or southwest sky for the thin waxing crescent moon. That blazing point of light by the moon is the planet Jupiter. You can’t miss Jupiter – it’s far brighter than any star. The moon and Jupiter set shortly after full darkness falls ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, January 10, 2010: Moon by

Earthsky Tonight, January 10, 2010: Moon by Scorpion’s heart

Monday morning – an hour or two before sunrise – the moon will shine right next the heart star of the constellation Scorpius. Find the waning crescent moon in the southeastern sky. Then look for the nearby reddish star. If you can’t see Scorpion’s heart with the eye alone, try binoculars. That is Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius. This ruddy gem represents the Scorpion’s beating heart. Antares is not as red as a fire engine or a tomato. To me, it is more like ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 6 2010: Quarter moon,

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 6 2010: Quarter moon, Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the sky scene for before dawn on Thursday, January 7. Notice that the last quarter moon couples up rather closely with Spica, the brightest star to light up the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Twenty-four hours before – on Wednesday, January 6 – the moon shone closer to the ringed planet Saturn. The moon changes its position daily because it never sits still in front of the ... Full Story

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