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Monday, December 22, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

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

Earthsky Tonight – January 5, 2010: Moon and

Earthsky Tonight – January 5, 2010: Moon and Saturn

Yes, you can catch the waning gibbous moon pairing up with the planet Saturn tonight. But you have to be a night owl or an early bird to see them shining on the dome of night. Depending on where you live, the moon and Saturn will rise over your eastern horizon late this evening or possibly even after midnight. For the specific rising time of the moon and Saturn in your sky, check out the links on our almanac page. Keep in mind that these rising times presume a level horizon. The moon and ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Moon near Gemini’s

Earthsky Tonight – Moon near Gemini’s stars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here is the moon again, in line with the the constellation Gemini’s brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, and not that far from the planet Mars. The moon will be even closer to Mars tomorrow night. Many people write to ask about the fact that, from Earth, we see only one side of the moon. The moon rotates about once a month, in contrast to the once-a-day rotation of our own planet ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer 10 spacecraft align in Taurus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Unfortunately, the big, bright moon will wash out most of the constellation’s stars. Despite the moonlit glare, you may note Taurus’ brightest star, Aldebaran, to the right of the moon this evening, and Elnath, Taurus’ second brightest star, to the left of the moon. For the second time this month, the moon and the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 28 2009 Moon glides by

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 28 2009 Moon glides by Pleiades on December 28

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, moving eastward as it always does in orbit around Earth, the moon will pass by the Pleiades. Our sky chart shows you what the moon and the Pleiades cluster might look like through binoculars this early evening. Early stargazers sometimes described the Pleiades as a ‘swarm of bees’ in the night sky. Modern stargazers sometimes mistake it for the asterism known as the Little Dipper. The true Little ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight – December 21, 2009 Winter

EarthSky Tonight – December 21, 2009 Winter Solstice

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Today is the day of the December solstice – the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere. At 5:47 p. m. Universal Time (12:47 p. m. Mountain Time) today, the sun reaches its farthest point south of the Earth’s equator, marking the precise moment of this year’s 2009 December solstice. In both the northern and the southern hemisphere, the December ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 20, 2009 Moon and Jupiter

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 20, 2009 Moon and Jupiter close together

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Moon and Jupiter close together on December 20. If your sky is clear, you simply can’t miss the planet Jupiter after sunset. Jupiter will be that blazing point of light to the east (or left) of the waxing crescent moon. Be sure to look for the attractive evening couple at dusk and early evening, because the moon and Jupiter will set beneath your southwestern horizon by mid-evening tonight. Although the moon and ... Full Story

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