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Earthsky Tonight — March 29, 2010 Full moon near

Earthsky Tonight — March 29, 2010 Full moon near Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the full moon beams between the golden planet Saturn and sparkling blue-white Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. For the northern hemisphere, this is the first full moon of spring – or the first to follow the March 20 spring equinox. The first springtime moon is commonly called the Egg Moon, Grass Moon or Easter Moon. The moon turns precisely full tonight at 9:25 p.m. Central ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight — March, 26, 2010: Moon swings

Earthsky Tonight — March, 26, 2010: Moon swings close to Regulus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Can you find the star that is shining close to the big and bright waxing gibbous moon tonight? That is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus is the only first-magnitude star to sit almost exactly on the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the Earth’s orbital plane projected outward onto the sphere of stars. The ecliptic is often shown on sky charts, because the moon and planets are always ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight, February 2, 2010: Best time of year

Earthsky Tonight, February 2, 2010: Best time of year to see Saturn is approaching

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the southern sky in the wee hours before dawn on Wednesday, February 3. Blue-white Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden, sparkles to the left of the waning gibbous moon. The golden planet Saturn lies to the moon’s upper right. The best time of year to see the planet Saturn is approaching. Saturn is the faintest of the bright planets, so it’s not the easiest planet ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 6 2010: Quarter moon,

Earthsky Tonight – Jan 6 2010: Quarter moon, Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the sky scene for before dawn on Thursday, January 7. Notice that the last quarter moon couples up rather closely with Spica, the brightest star to light up the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Twenty-four hours before – on Wednesday, January 6 – the moon shone closer to the ringed planet Saturn. The moon changes its position daily because it never sits still in front of the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – January 5, 2010: Moon and

Earthsky Tonight – January 5, 2010: Moon and Saturn

Yes, you can catch the waning gibbous moon pairing up with the planet Saturn tonight. But you have to be a night owl or an early bird to see them shining on the dome of night. Depending on where you live, the moon and Saturn will rise over your eastern horizon late this evening or possibly even after midnight. For the specific rising time of the moon and Saturn in your sky, check out the links on our almanac page. Keep in mind that these rising times presume a level horizon. The moon and ... Full Story

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