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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Spica’

EarthSky Tonight—August 20, Star-hop from Big Dipper

EarthSky Tonight—August 20, Star-hop from Big Dipper to Arcturus and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The Big Dipper pops out into your northwestern sky on August evenings. On August 3, we star-hopped from the Big Dipper to Polaris, the North Star. Tonight, we star-hop to two bright summer stars: Arcturus and Spica. As shown on our sky chart, we extend the Big Dipper handle “to arc to Arcturus and to drive a spike to Spica.” Arcturus is the brightest star in your western sky, so you cannot miss this yellow-orange ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 14, Look for moon, Spica,

EarthSky Tonight—August 14, Look for moon, Spica, Venus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org In the west after sunset tonight, you will find Spica and the waxing crescent moon. The planets to the right of the moon are Mars, Venus and Saturn. Of those planets, Venus will be easiest to see because it is so bright. You might need binoculars for Mars and Saturn. Spica is known as a blue-white star. Can you detect its color in contrast to nearby stars? If not, try looking at Spica with binoculars. Spica isn’t ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 18,Moon moves past Spica,

Earthsky Tonight—July 18,Moon moves past Spica, approaches celestial ‘Gateway’

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Can you see that the moon is farther from Spica tonight than it was last night? The moon is shifting farther and farthest east, with respect to the stars, each day. The moon always moves toward the east on our sky’s dome. This motion is a translation on our sky’s dome of the moon’s orbit around Earth. You can observe the moon’s orbital motion from one night to the next by watching the moon’s location with respect ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 29: Find the Libra stars

Earthsky Tonight—June 29: Find the Libra stars between Antares and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Before moonlight floods the nighttime at late night tonight, see if you can spot the constellation Libra’s two visible yet modestly bright stars: Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali. If you live at mid-northern latitudes – like in North America, Europe and Asia – you will see these Libra stars rather low in your southern sky at nightfall and early evening. As seen from middle latitudes in the southern hemisphere – like ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 26: See Earth’s orbital plane

EarthSky Tonight-June 26: See Earth’s orbital plane with the mind’s eye

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org It is early evening, and our chart covers a much larger section of sky than we usually display. We are showing the sky’s southeast quadrant – from east-southeast (where the moon lies) to south-southwest (where the star Spica resides). As seen from mid-northern latitudes, this evening’s line-up of lights – the moon, the stars Antares, Zubenelgenubi and Spica – arcs rather low across the southern sky. The farther ... 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—June 19 Waxing moon between

Earthsky Tonight—June 19   Waxing moon between Saturn and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight the moon is in a waxing gibbous phase, meaning it appears more than half lighted but less than full. Tonight, the moon is to the west of the bright star Spica and to the east of the planet Saturn. Yesterday evening, the moon was closer to Saturn. Tomorrow evening, the moon will be closer to Spica. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. We have also indicated the whereabouts of the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 31: Saturn ’stationary’ in

Earthsky Tonight—May 31: Saturn ’stationary’ in front of Virgo

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Astronomical almanacs list Saturn as “stationary” today. That doesn’t mean that Saturn – like Polaris, the North Star – will remain in the same place in the sky all through the night tonight. Saturn will appear in your southern sky at dusk and nightfall. Thereafter, Saturn will descend westward, to set in the west during the wee hours after midnight. What “stationary” means is that as seen from Earth, ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 24: Bright star near moon is

Earthsky Tonight—May 24: Bright star near moon is Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science 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. Have you ever heard of the moon near Polaris the North Star? If ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – May23: Moon leaving Saturn,

Earthsky Tonight – May23: Moon leaving Saturn, approaching Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Yesterday – on Saturday evening – the waxing gibbous moon shone close to the planet Saturn. This Sunday evening, a fuller waxing gibbous moon beams in between Saturn and the star Spica. Tomorrow – on Monday – a larger yet waxing gibbous moon will couple up with Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. As the moon makes its rounds through the starry heavens, its passes through every constellation of ... Full Story

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