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Friday, August 29, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘waning gibbous moon’

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

May 30: Star Deneb belongs to a cross-like star

May 30:  Star Deneb belongs to a cross-like star pattern

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here is the view toward the northeast in mid-evening in the month of May. It is by looking in this direction that you can get a good look at Deneb: the bright star below and to the left of Vega on the sky’s dome. Deneb is the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. If you look at the pattern indicated on today’s chart, you might be able to imagine Deneb as the point marking the tail of a swan flying ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—May 29: Tonight’s moon near

Earthsky Tonight—May 29: Tonight’s moon near Teapot asterism

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At middle latitudes in North America, the waning gibbous moon rises into the southeast sky about 2 hours after sunset. The full moon only happened a few days ago, so the moon tonight will look very bright as it shines from mid-evening until dawn. Tonight’s moon beams in front of the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. By around midnight, the Sagittarian Teapot will climb above the southeast horizon, with the moon ... 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

Earthsky Tonight — March 2, 2010: Moon still near

Earthsky Tonight — March 2, 2010: Moon still near Saturn, closer to Spica on March 2

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Last night, the moon was close to the planet Saturn on the sky’s dome. Tonight, the moon will pair up with Spica, the constellation Virgo’s brightest star. Our chart shows the eastern sky for fairly late tonight, around 10:00 p.m. That is when the waning gibbous moon and the star Spica will be low in the sky, below the planet Saturn. The moon and Spica will travel westward across the sky throughout the night. ... Full Story

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