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Posts Tagged ‘Sky Tonight’

Sky Tonight— January 8, Elusive Mercury farthest

Sky Tonight— January 8, Elusive Mercury farthest from sun before dawn on January 9

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Bright star on January 2011 evenings? It’s the planet Jupiter Tomorrow – on Sunday, January 9, 2011 – the planet Mercury swings to its greatest distance west of the sun as seen in Earth’s sky. That means people around the world with a level horizon and a clear sky can view Mercury climbing over the eastern horizon just as darkness gives way to dawn. If you don’t see Mercury right away, wait for this ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 7, Venus farthest west of sun in

Sky Tonight—January 7, Venus farthest west of sun in Earth’s sky tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The most brilliant of all the planets, Venus, reaches its farthest point west of the sun in Earth’s sky on January 8, 2011. Astronomers call this a “greatest elongation” of Venus. At such times, Venus shines as the brilliant morning ’star’ in the east before sunrise. At its greatest morning elongation, Venus typically rises 3 hours or more before sunrise. Because the orbit of Venus lies inside of ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 6, Use bright stars to find

Sky Tonight—January 6, Use bright stars to find faint Monoceros the Unicorn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org You will need a very dark sky to see the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn  on these cold January nights. How can you find the Unicorn? Focus in on the bright stars Betelgeuse, Sirius and Procyon. They make a triangle, sometimes called the Winter Triangle. Within this triangle of stars, hidden in between the many bright and glittering stars and constellations visible at this time of year, there is a ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 5, Latest sunrises for

Sky Tonight—January 5, Latest sunrises for mid-northern latitudes

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you like to sleep late but don’t want to miss the sunrise, this time of year should be your favorite. The latest sunrises of the year for mid-latitudes in the northern hemisphere are happening around now. For those in Wichita, Kansas, for example, the sunrise time for the next several days will be around 7:45 in the morning. Sleep on! The December solstice always brings the shortest day. However, the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 3, Quadrantid meteors for Asia

Sky Tonight—January 3, Quadrantid meteors for Asia and Europe before dawn January 4

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Two major events will take place tomorrow – on Tuesday, January 4 – a meteor shower and a solar eclipse. Neither one is particular well placed for the Americas. The annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to produce its greatest number of meteors in the wee hours before dawn tomorrow. If predictions hold true, it should be best seen from western Asia and Eastern Europe. Then a partial eclipse of the sun ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 2, Earth’s closest

Sky Tonight—January 2, Earth’s closest approach to the sun in 2011

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org When 2011 began on January 1, our planet Earth was very close to its perihelion – its closest point to the sun for the year. That closest point will come tomorrow. In 2011, Earth will be closest to the sun on Monday, January 3 at 19 hours Universal Time (12 p.m. Mountain Time). How do I translate Universal Time to my time? Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it is winter for the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 1, Moon and Mercury below Venus

Sky Tonight—January 1, Moon and Mercury below Venus before dawn tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you rise shortly before sunup tomorrow (Sunday, January 2), you might catch the waning crescent moon and elusive planet Mercury below brilliant Venus. Look in the direction of the sunrise – but an hour or more before the sun comes up. Looking for a sky almanac? EarthSky recommends You will need a clear view of the sky, because any obstructions such as mountains or trees will hide the moon and Mercury from ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 31, See brightest star at

Sky Tonight—December 31, See brightest star at midnight

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Sirius in the constellation Canis Major – the legendary Dog Star – should be called the New Year’s star. This star – the brightest star in our sky – celebrates 2011 and every new year by reaching its highest point in the sky around the stroke of midnight. How can you find Sirius? It is easy because this star is the brightest one we see from Earth. Its name means ‘Sparkling’ or ‘Scorching.’ In ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 30, Moon and Venus will shine

Sky Tonight—December 30, Moon and Venus will shine before dawn tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The final morning of 2010 – tomorrow morning, December 31 – will feature the moon with the planet Venus in the eastern sky before sunrise. It should be quite a treat, because the moon and Venus rank as the second- and third-brightest celestial bodies in Earth’s sky. Depending on where you live worldwide, Venus and the moon will rise above the eastern horizon some 3 to 4 hours before sunup, to light up the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 29, Moon and Venus before dawn

Sky Tonight—December 29, Moon and Venus before dawn tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you look in the eastern predawn sky in the coming mornings, you will find the moon and planet Venus close together. They will be a beautiful sight tomorrow morning, shining nearly side by side. Venus is easy. It is the brightest object there other than the sun and moon. However, Mercury –the most elusive planet – is also up before dawn, closer to the horizon. Now here is a challenge. Did you see Mercury ... Full Story

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