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Sky Tonight—May 14, Bright star near moon is Spica

Sky Tonight—May 14, Bright star near moon is Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The waxing gibbous moon glides past the star Spica in the constellation Virgo this evening. It passes relatively close to Spica for a day or two each month that Spica is visible in our night sky. It does the same with other bright stars such as Regulus in the constellation Leo, Antares in the constellation Scorpius and Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus. But have you ever heard of the moon near Polaris ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org You’ll find the moon in a waxing gibbous phase this evening – more than half lighted but less than full – in the sky from sunset until after midnight. Tonight’s moon will be visible near a bright object in our sky. It is not a star, but a planet – Saturn, planet of the rings. Given clear skies, almost everyone around the world can see the moon and Saturn near each other this evening. Earth ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 3, Drive a spike to the star Spica

Sky Tonight—May 3, Drive a spike to the star Spica in May

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Yesterday we talked about learning to ‘follow the arc’ to the star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. You just follow the curve in the Big Dipper’s handle until you see this orange star. Tonight, let the Big Dipper introduce you to another bright star. This star is Spica in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. You can ‘follow the arc’ to Arcturus AND ‘drive a spike’ or ‘speed on’ to ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 28, Spica is your guide star to

Sky Tonight—April 28, Spica is your guide star to Omega Centauri cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Silvery-blue Spica, the only prominent star in the constellation Virgo, acts as your guide to the Omega Centauri globular star cluster. To the unaided eye, Omega Centauri looks like a faint (and possibly fuzzy) star. Very few of the Milky Way galaxy’s 250 or so globular clusters are readily visible without optics. To find Spica, extend the curve of the Big Dipper handle, as illustrated on our April 5 ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 18, moon leaving Spica and Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 18, moon leaving Spica and Saturn behind

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Last night, the full “Egg Moon” was quite close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Tonight, however, the moon will be farther away from Spica. Spica appears in the east – below the planet Saturn – at dusk or nightfall, but you may have to wait until early evening to see the waning gibbous moon climbing above the southeast horizon. If you look again in the next couple ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 17, April full moon near Spica and

Sky Tonight—April 17, April full moon near Spica and Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The April 2011 full moon will be out all night on April 17, lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. Watch for the moon low in the east at dusk – at its highest point in the sky around midnight – and low in the west before the sun comes up tomorrow. Why isn’t there an eclipse every full moon? For the northern hemisphere, this is the first full moon of springtime. We in this hemisphere ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 16, Nearly full moon and Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 16, Nearly full moon and Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Go out at nightfall and look to the east, and you will see the beautiful planet Saturn. It’ll be the star like object close to tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon. Note Saturn’s golden color, if you can. If you can’t, try viewing this world through binoculars. Or better yet, look at Saturn’s golden color and glorious rings through a telescope. That other bright light by the moon is Spica; ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight and tomorrow night – April 15 and 16, 2011 – are wonderful times to identify the ringed planet Saturn! The oval-shaped waxing gibbous moon is near the planet both tonight and tomorrow. It’s even closer to Saturn tomorrow than tonight. The day after tomorrow – on Sunday – the full moon will couple up with Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Spica: Speed on Saturn is ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 5, Drive a spike to Spica

Sky Tonight—April 5, Drive a spike to Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Notice that we’ve shrunk the scale of today’s chart, in order to take in a wide sweep of sky from northeast to southeast. Tonight, let the Big Dipper introduce you to another bright star. This star is Spica in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. If you’re outside this evening, you can follow the arc to Arcturus and drive a spike to Spica. First follow the curve made by these stars in the Big ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet Saturn, high tides this weekend

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org   There is a lot going on in the sky on the weekend of March 18-20, 2011. The moon will be near a bright planet (Saturn) and some bright stars (Regulus and Spica). Plus there will be an especially close full moon – which some are now calling a supermoon – which might mean higher-than-usual tides, especially if the weather gets stormy along coastlines. What is true – and false – about the ... Full Story

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