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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Earthsky Tonight—Moon close to Mars. Venus, Mercury,

Earthsky Tonight—Moon close to Mars. Venus, Mercury, Saturn nearby

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Have you been watching the string of planets adorning the July evening sky after sunset? If so, you might have noticed that the order of the planets from up to down – Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury – has remained steady throughout the month. However, the moon’s position relative to the planetary line-up has been changing, with the moon now climbing this stairway of planets day by day by day by day! Yesterday ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 13, Young moon, Mercury sit

Earthsky Tonight—July 13, Young moon, Mercury sit close to horizon after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the sky for mid-northern North American latitudes at about 45 minutes after sunset. If you have a level horizon and crystal-clear skies, you might catch the thin waxing crescent moon and the planet Mercury next to the horizon. Mercury sets about one hour after the sun and the moon sets about one hour and 15 minutes after. So, they’ll be hard to catch in the twilight glare. Try binoculars! Looking for ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—July 9, 2010: Venus and Regulus in

Earthsky Tonight—July 9, 2010: Venus and Regulus in conjunction

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The dazzling planet Venus and the star Regulus are in conjunction at 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time this evening. That means they are north and south of one another on the sky’s dome, with a small gap separating the two. This evening, Venus and Regulus shine about the same distance apart as the width of your little finger, held at arm’s length. Although Regulus is a very bright star, it pales next to Venus, which is the ... 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 27: Latest sunsets of the year

EarthSky Tonight-June 27: Latest sunsets of the year in late June

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For people living around 40 degrees north latitude, the latest sunset of the year happens around now. In the southern hemisphere, at 40 degrees south latitude, it is the year’s latest sunrise that is happening around now. That is in spite of the fact that the longest or shortest day of the year (in terms of daylight) took place about a week ago, on the June 21 solstice. To celebrate these late June sunsets, our sky ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 18: A half-moon Joins Saturn

Earthsky Tonight—June 18: A half-moon Joins Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, you have another planet-packed evening in store, with a couple of brilliant beacons to point the way. Dazzling Venus is visible in the west as evening falls, and the first-quarter moon shines in the southwest as seen from the northern hemisphere. The brightest “star” near the half-lit moon is Saturn. Thanks to its majestic system of rings, it has become an icon of “outer space” and staple of ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 15: Moon and Venus still close

Earthsky Tonight—June 15: Moon and Venus still close after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the sky scene for mid-northern latitudes in North America. Depending on where you live worldwide, Venus may appear closer or farther from tonight’s waxing crescent moon, or may even appear below the moon. But no matter. Nighttime’s two brightest heavenly bodies bask away in the west as darkness falls around the world. These two bathing beauties shine by reflecting sunlight. Over time, both worlds ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 14: Young moon and Venus in

Earthsky Tonight—June 14: Young moon and Venus in west after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the slender waxing crescent moon lodges close to the planet Venus. This dazzling world ranks as the third brightest celestial body in all the heavens, after the sun and moon. As seen from both the northern and southern hemispheres, Venus will set beneath the west-northwest horizon about 2.5 hours after sunset. Our chart shows the sky as it looks from mid-northern latitudes in North America. From almost ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 6: Mars and Regulus in

Earthsky Tonight—June 6: Mars and Regulus in conjunction

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The planet Mars and the star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, highlight their conjunction this evening. Two heavenly bodies are said to be in conjunction whenever they stand north and south of one another. Tonight, Mars and Regulus shine about a pinky-width apart. By all means, look at the evening couple through binoculars or low power on a telescope. The contrast of color makes their partner’s ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 16, Crescent moon near Venus

Earthsky Tonight—May 16, Crescent moon near Venus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As seen from parts of southeast Asia, the moon passes in front of Venus at about 10 hours Universal Time today. Unfortunately, this is not visible to North American or European observers, but we have not lost out entirely. Tonight, just as it gets dark, look to the western sky and, weather permitting, you should see a beautiful sight — bright Venus with the waxing crescent moon nearby. You should have no trouble finding ... Full Story

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