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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Spica’

Earthsky Tonight—May 22, Moon near golden planet

Earthsky Tonight—May 22, Moon near golden planet Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org 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’s 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 passed between Saturn and ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 10, Coming to know Corvus the

Earthsky Tonight—May 10, Coming to know Corvus the Crow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org One of my favorite constellations, little squarish Corvus the Crow, can be found in the south after sunset at this time of year. It is not far from the bright star Spica. You will recognize Corvus for being near this star and for its boxy shape. Corvus is small and compact, and so it is an easy constellation to pick out in the sky. In Greek mythology, Corvus was seen as the cupbearer to Apollo, god of the sun. In ancient ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — May 2, Drive a spike to the star

Earthsky Tonight — May 2, Drive a spike to the star Spica in May

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science 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

Earthsky Tonight — April 27, April full moon, Saturn

Earthsky Tonight — April 27, April full moon, Saturn and Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Astronomically speaking, the moon turns full tomorrow – on Wednesday, April 28 – at precisely 12:18 Universal Time (7:18 a.m. Central Time). An astronomical full moon occurs at that fleeting instant when the moon stands most directly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. For general reference, however, we can say that the full moon shines from dusk until dawn tonight. This April full moon is the second full moon of the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 26, Moon, Spica and Saturn

Earthsky Tonight — April 26, Moon, Spica and Saturn in Virgo

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the almost-full waxing gibbous moon sits close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. The star-like point of light above the moon this Monday evening is actually no star at all but Saturn, the 6th planet outward from the sun. Although the moon pairs up with Spica for only a day or two each month, you can always use the Big Dipper to star-hop to Spica after the moon goes down the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 25, Bright object near moon

Earthsky Tonight — April 25, Bright object near moon is Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org It is a big and bright waxing gibbous moon that you will find beaming for most the night tonight. That is a moon that is more than half lighted but less than full. Full moon will come on April 28. In the northern hemisphere, people have called the April full moon by many names but with a common theme – Planter’s Moon, Seed Moon, Flower Moon, Growing Moon, Awakening Moon. Between now and April 28, you’ll see the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 24, Waxing gibbous moon

Earthsky Tonight — April 24, Waxing gibbous moon pairs with Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the oval-shaped waxing gibbous moon shines close the ringed planet Saturn. At this time yesterday, a somewhat thinner waxing gibbous moon shone close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Why has the moon moved? The fact is that – every day – the moon travels about 13 degrees eastward in front of the backdrop stars. (The moon’s diameter equals about 1/2 degree, and your fist ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 18, Spica, your guide star

Earthsky Tonight — April 18, Spica, your guide star to Omega Centauri

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science 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 fairly 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 4 EarthSky ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — April 4, 2010: Drive a spike to

Earthsky Tonight — April 4, 2010: Drive a spike to Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Notice that we have 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 are outside this evening, you can follow the arc to Arcturus and drive a spike to Spica. In other words, today’s chart shows a wide sweep of sky, from ... Full Story

Tonight, the waning gibbous moon beams near two bright

Tonight, the waning gibbous moon beams near two bright and beautiful stars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waning gibbous moon beams near two bright and beautiful stars, Arcturus and Spica. Sparkling above the eastern horizon at early to mid evening, these stars travel westward (along with the moon) throughout the night, and stand high in your southern sky in the wee hours after midnight. As dawn starts to color the sky, these gems light up the western sky. In early spring, these two springtime stars ... Full Story

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