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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘waning gibbous moon tonight’

EarthSky Tonight— August 30, Andromeda Galaxy

EarthSky Tonight— August 30,  Andromeda Galaxy visible again each evening

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The Great Square of Pegasus sparkles over your eastern horizon at early to mid evening. For some idea of the Great Square’s size, extend your hand an arm length from your eye. You will see that any two Great Square stars are farther apart than the width of your hand. The Square of Pegasus is a great jumping off point for finding the famous Andromeda galaxy, also known to astronomers as M31. As seen from mid-northern ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 29, Closest celestial trio

EarthSky Tonight—August 29, Closest celestial trio of 2010 in late August, early September

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org In a few more days, Venus and Mars will team up with the star Spica to stage this year’s closest celestial trio – three heavenly bodies fitting within a circle smaller than 5 degrees in diameter. A typical binocular field covers about 5 degrees of sky, and you might catch all three snuggling within a single binocular field this early evening. As seen from North America, the threesome cozies up even more closely on ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 28, Ophiuchus is part of the

EarthSky Tonight—August 28, Ophiuchus is part of the Zodiac, too

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The faint constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer appears in the southwest sky on late August and September evenings, above the bright ruddy star Antares, the brightest in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Ophiuchus’ brightest star is called Rasalhague. It marks the head of Ophiuchus and is nowhere as bright as Antares, the star that depicts the Scorpion’s beating heart. The Zodiac – or ‘pathway of ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 27, moon near Jupiter –

EarthSky Tonight—August 27, moon near Jupiter – not Mars

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The moon is near a bright object on August 27, 2010, but – no matter what anyone tells you – that bright object is not the planet Mars. Instead, it is Jupiter. Will Mars appear as large as a full moon in August 2010? Over the past few days, the waning gibbous moon has approached Jupiter and passed it. Tonight the moon is not as close to Jupiter as it was last night. However, Jupiter is still very noticeable on ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 26, Jupiter and moon in east

EarthSky Tonight—August 26, Jupiter and moon in east by late evening

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s sky is dominated by Jupiter and the waning gibbous moon. You can see them in the east by mid-evening tonight, after brilliant Venus has disappeared beyond the western horizon. Rising just an hour or two after sunset, Jupiter and the moon can be viewed for the rest of the night among the faint stars of the constellation Pisces the Fish. With a bright moon passing near them, Pisces’ dim outline might not be ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—August 2, Find a globular cluster

Earthsky Tonight—August 2, Find a globular cluster by the Scorpion’s heart

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At nightfall, look in your southern sky for the bright ruddy star that is called the Scorpion’s Heart – Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. Antares is always up on summer evenings. It is a bright red star known for twinkling rapidly. If you have binoculars, sweep for an object near Antares on the sky’s dome. This object is called M4, and it’s a globular star cluster located just one degree to ... Full Story

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