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Friday, August 29, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘waxing crescent moon’

Sky Tonight—March 7, Mercury lurks beneath moon and

Sky Tonight—March 7, Mercury lurks beneath moon and Jupiter at dusk

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you have clear skies and live in the northern hemisphere, you should have no trouble spotting the waxing crescent moon and the blazing planet Jupiter after sunset, but the planet Mercury is a different story altogether. At mid-northern latitudes around the world tonight, Mercury follows the sun beneath the horizon around 45 minutes after sunset. The moon and Jupiter stay out until after dark. Looking ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 6, Crescent moon and Jupiter after

Sky Tonight—March 6, Crescent moon and Jupiter after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org As seen from North America on March 6, the waxing crescent moon and dazzling planet Jupiter shine nearly side by side in the western sky after sunset. Understanding moon phases Given clear skies, virtually everyone in the northern hemisphere will see the two brightest celestial bodies of the March evening sky – the moon and Jupiter – at dusk and nightfall tonight. In Europe, Africa, and Asia, ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—February 9, Shedding light on the

Sky Tonight—February 9, Shedding light on the moon’s dark side

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Look south to southwest this early evening to view the waxing crescent moon. The moon’s disk is nearly 40% illuminated by sunshine and 60% engulfed in its own shadow. Tonight, the moon shines near the three brightest stars of the constellation Aries: Hamal, Sheratan, and Mesarthim. Half the moon is always illuminated in space. In other words, the moon has a day side and a night side, just as Earth ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—February 8, Use Big Dipper’s Pointers

Sky Tonight—February 8, Use Big Dipper’s Pointers to find Polaris

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If you can find the Big Dipper in the northern sky in mid to late evening tonight, you can find the North Star, Polaris. The Big Dipper is not a constellation. Instead, it is an asterism, just a recognizable pattern of stars on the sky’s dome. It is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Greater Bear. Big and Little Dippers: Noticeable in northern sky A well-known trick for finding the North ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—February 5, Moon closer to Jupiter

Sky Tonight—February 5, Moon closer to Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The brilliant point of light above tonight’s waxing crescent moon is Jupiter, the 5th planet outward from the sun. These two worlds – our companion moon and the solar system’s largest planet – are the brightest objects in the evening sky now. Look for them in the west, shortly after sunset. Jupiter – the king of planets in our sun’s system – has over 60 known moons of its own. Only four ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—Moon and Jupiter still close

Sky Tonight—Moon and Jupiter still close

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the waxing crescent moon and the blazing planet Jupiter as viewed from North America. However, no matter where you live, it should be a piece of cake to find Jupiter this evening. Look for the very brilliant star-like object near tonight’s moon, and that will be Jupiter. For us in North America, the moon will shine at roughly the same distance from Jupiter tonight that it did ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—January 9, Watch moon and Jupiter

Sky Tonight—January 9, Watch moon and Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The first two celestial objects to pop out at evening dusk are the waxing crescent moon and the dazzling planet Jupiter. The moon and Jupiter rank as the brightest and second brightest heavenly bodies in the evening sky, respectively. The position of the moon and Jupiter at evening dusk depends on where you live worldwide. Way up north – like in Alaska – the moon and Jupiter will appear rather low in ... Full Story

Sky Tonight— January 8, Elusive Mercury farthest

Sky Tonight— January 8, Elusive Mercury farthest from sun before dawn on January 9

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Bright star on January 2011 evenings? It’s the planet Jupiter Tomorrow – on Sunday, January 9, 2011 – the planet Mercury swings to its greatest distance west of the sun as seen in Earth’s sky. That means people around the world with a level horizon and a clear sky can view Mercury climbing over the eastern horizon just as darkness gives way to dawn. If you don’t see Mercury right away, wait for ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 11, North Taurid meteors during

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 11, North Taurid meteors during night

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org You’re likely to see the most North Taurid meteors in the wee hours – just after midnight. This shower is going on now and might continue through the weekend. The North Taurids are generally a very modest shower, offering perhaps 10 meteors per hour. However, even one bright meteor can be a treat. The North Taurid meteors derive their name from the constellation Taurus the Bull. If you trace the paths of the Taurid ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight Nov 10, Can we see stars

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight Nov 10, Can we see stars outside our Milky Way galaxy?

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org One of you wrote, “Are there any stars outside our own galaxy that we can see with just the eye?” The answer is no – unless you count seeing the combined light of many billions of stars. From the northern hemisphere, the only galaxy outside our Milky Way that is easily visible to the eye is the great galaxy in the constellation Andromeda – also known as M31. It is shown in the image at the top of this post. In ... Full Story

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