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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘waning moon’

Sky Tonight—December 29, Moon and Venus before dawn

Sky Tonight—December 29, Moon and Venus before dawn tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you look in the eastern predawn sky in the coming mornings, you will find the moon and planet Venus close together. They will be a beautiful sight tomorrow morning, shining nearly side by side. Venus is easy. It is the brightest object there other than the sun and moon. However, Mercury –the most elusive planet – is also up before dawn, closer to the horizon. Now here is a challenge. Did you see ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 28, Find a variable star in

Sky Tonight—December 28, Find a variable star in Lyra

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org This evening, we zoom in on a variable star – a star whose brightness changes – near the star Vega in the small but distinctive constellation Lyra the Harp. Here is how to locate it. A dark sky brings out the four rather faint stars to the left of Vega. These stars form a parallelogram – a four-sided figure with its opposite sides equally long and parallel to one another. Three fingers at an arm ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 27, Moon, bright star, two

Sky Tonight—December 27, Moon, bright star, two planets before dawn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Before dawn tomorrow (Tuesday, December 28), look in the east for the planet Saturn and star Spica near the last quarter moon. Beneath this threesome – moon, Saturn and Spica – you will see the blazing planet Venus much closer to the eastern predawn horizon. You might be seeing these objects when there is a fair amount of predawn twilight washing the sky. The planets and stars have colors of their ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—December 26, Northern Cross stands

Sky Tonight—December 26, Northern Cross stands upright on winter evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The Northern Cross is not as famous as its counterpart – the Southern Cross – visible from the southern hemisphere. Nevertheless, the Northern Cross also looks like a cross. It is a large, noticeable star pattern. The star Deneb marks the top of the Northern Cross, and the star Albireo marks the bottom. Tonight you can find the Northern Cross low in the north-northwest at mid evening. The Northern ... Full Story

Sky Tonight— December 24, Moon approaching Regulus

Sky Tonight— December 24, Moon approaching Regulus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Bright object in south on December evenings? It’s the planet Jupiter If you are out late on this Friday evening, look toward the east to see the moon near the star known as the Lion’s Heart. This is Regulus, brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Although our sky chart is designed for mid-temperate North American latitudes, the moon and Regulus can be seen late tonight from all around ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 25, Moon between Pleiades

EarthSky Tonight—October 25, Moon between Pleiades and star Aldebaran

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the eastern sky for around mid-evening at mid-northern latitudes in North America, with the bright waning gibbous moon shining between the Pleaides star cluster and the star Aldebaran, the constellation Taurus’ brightest. Mid-northern latitudes elsewhere around the world will see the Pleiades and Aldebaran in the same place in the sky at the same hour of the night – yet the moon will be positioned ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 24, Moon can guide you to

EarthSky Tonight—October 24, Moon can guide you to Pleiades star cluster

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the waning gibbous moon and the Pleiades star cluster for around mid-evening at North American mid-northern latitudes. However, no matter where you live worldwide, tonight’s moon will shine near the Pleiades cluster, so let the moon guide your eye to this cluster of stars tonight. At mid-northern latitudes in Europe or Asia, the gap between the moon and Pleaides will be greater than in North America, ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon

EarthSky Tonight—October 23, Waning moon rises soon after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org For the northern hemisphere, last night’s moon was the full Hunter’s Moon. In the southern hemisphere, it was the second full moon of spring. The full moon reached the crest of its full phase today (Saturday, October 23) at 1:36 Universal Time. For the Central Time zone in the U.S., that was 8:36 p.m. yesterday, on Friday, October 22. Tonight’s moon is past full. It is actually a waning moon. However, no matter ... Full Story

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