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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Solstice’

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a Royal Star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus is considered to be the Heart of the Lion in Leo. Regulus is also one of the four “Royal Stars” of ancient Persia. These Royal Stars mark the four quadrants of the heavens. They are Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut, and Aldebaran. Regulus: Heart of the Lion Four to five thousand ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—December 8, Earliest northern

EarthSky Tonight—December 8,  Earliest northern hemisphere sunsets are not at solstice

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The 2010 solstice comes on December 21, but the earliest sunsets for the northern hemisphere are around now. It seems paradoxical. At middle latitudes in the U.S. – and throughout the northern hemisphere – the earliest sunsets of the year come about two weeks before the solstice and the shortest day of the year. Everything you need to know about the solstice on December 21 Why isn’t the ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 20, Fastest sunsets of

EarthSky Tonight—September 20,  Fastest sunsets of the year around equinox time

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Comet Hartley 2 might brighten to binocular object by late September 2010 Does the sun set faster around the time of an equinox? The answer is yes. The fastest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the equinoxes. What’s more, the slowest sunsets (and sunrises) occur at or near the solstices. This is true whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere. By the way, when we say sunset here, we are talking ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 24,Why the hottest weather is

Earthsky Tonight—July 24,Why the hottest weather is not on the longest day

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Look westward at nightfall to see three planets in the July evening sky. In their order of brightness, these worlds are Venus, Saturn and Mars. Venus outshines Saturn and Mars by leaps and bounds. Venus is the first “star” to pop into view after sunset. If you keep watching the western sky into early August, you will see these three form a tight cluster in the west after sunset. EarthSky’s meteor guide for ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 27: Latest sunsets of the year

Earthsky Tonight—June 27: Latest sunsets of the year plus three evening planets

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For people living around 40 degrees north latitude, the latest sunsets of the year happen around now. However, in the southern hemisphere, at 40 degrees south latitude, it is the year’s latest sunrises that are happening around now. That is in spite of the fact that the longest (or shortest) day was about a week ago, on the June 21 solstice. To celebrate the late June sunsets, today’s sky chart shows the bright stars ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer to Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Did you happen to see yesterday’s chart? If so – or if you looked in the actual sky during the evening hours – you might have noticed that last night’s moon was between the planet Saturn and the star Spica. This evening, the moon shines by the star Spica in the constellation Virgo. The moon was to the east of Spica last night. Tonight, if you look, you will find the moon much closer to Spica, the brightest star ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight Everything you need to know: June

Earthsky Tonight Everything you need to know: June solstice 2010

The June solstice is your signal to celebrate the first day of summer in this hemisphere. South of the equator, winter begins. When is the solstice where I live? The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. However, our clocks say different times. This solstice takes place on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:28 Universal Time. To find the time of the solstice in your location, you have to translate to your time zone. Here is an example of how to do ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – February 20, 2010: Orion

Earthsky Tonight – February 20, 2010: Orion shows you the ecliptic and summer solstice point

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Diana asks, "Why is the waxing moon always so high in the evening sky in late winter and early spring?" In a nutshell, Diana, it is because the ecliptic arcs high across the evening sky right now. The ecliptic is the Earth’s orbital plane projected onto stellar sphere, or the dome of sky. The ecliptic is often shown on sky charts because the moon and planets are found on or near the ecliptic. If you are familiar ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Latest sunrises for northern

Earthsky Tonight – Latest sunrises for northern hemisphere

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science 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 and will continue for another week. For those in Wichita, Kansas for example, the sunrise time for the next 8 mornings is at 7:44 a.m. Sleep on! The December solstice always brings the shortest day. But ... 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

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