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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘waxing gibbous Moon’

Sky Tonight—May 15, Earth shadow, Belt of Venus in

Sky Tonight—May 15, Earth shadow, Belt of Venus in east after sunset

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Here’s a lovely photo of the Earth’s shadow, which can be seen any clear evening ascending in the eastern sky at exactly the same rate that the sun sets below the western horizon. The shadow is a deep blue-grey – darker than the blue of the twilight sky. The pink band above the shadow is called the Belt of Venus. The shadow of the Earth is big. You might have to turn your head to see the whole ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 14, Bright star near moon is Spica

Sky Tonight—May 14, Bright star near moon is Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The waxing gibbous moon glides past the star Spica in the constellation Virgo this evening. It passes relatively close to Spica for a day or two each month that Spica is visible in our night sky. It does the same with other bright stars such as Regulus in the constellation Leo, Antares in the constellation Scorpius and Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus. But have you ever heard of the moon near Polaris ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Sky Tonight—May 13, Moon near golden Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org You’ll find the moon in a waxing gibbous phase this evening – more than half lighted but less than full – in the sky from sunset until after midnight. Tonight’s moon will be visible near a bright object in our sky. It is not a star, but a planet – Saturn, planet of the rings. Given clear skies, almost everyone around the world can see the moon and Saturn near each other this evening. Earth ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 12, How to see the green flash

Sky Tonight—May 12, How to see the green flash

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The image today is a classic image of a detached green flash, seen at sunset. You can see green flashes with the eye, sometimes, if you are looking toward a very clear horizon. You must be looking just at sunset, at the last moment before the sun disappears below the horizon and you have to be careful not to look too soon. Wait until just the thinnest rim of the sun appears above the horizon. If you look ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—May 11, Moon brushes the belly of Leo

Sky Tonight—May 11, Moon brushes the belly of Leo

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The moon is waxing larger in the evening sky each night. The first quarter phase happened yesterday, and now it is a waxing gibbous moon. Tonight’s moon is near the star Regulus and brushing up against the belly of the constellation Leo the Lion throughout the evening. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. It dots the backward question mark of stars dubbed the Sickle. The ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Sky Tonight—April 15, Moon shines near Saturn

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight and tomorrow night – April 15 and 16, 2011 – are wonderful times to identify the ringed planet Saturn! The oval-shaped waxing gibbous moon is near the planet both tonight and tomorrow. It’s even closer to Saturn tomorrow than tonight. The day after tomorrow – on Sunday – the full moon will couple up with Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Spica: Speed on Saturn is ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 14, Sundial noon and clock noon

Sky Tonight—April 14, Sundial noon and clock noon agree in middle April

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Every year around mid-April, time by the sun and time by the clock agree. For instance, when the midday sun climbs highest in the sky in mid-April, the sundial reads 12 o’clock noon and your local clock time says 12 o’clock noon. Your local clock time is the same as standard clock time, as long as you live on the meridian that governs your time zone. If you live east of the time zone line, then your ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a

Sky Tonight—April 13, Moon close to Regulus – a Royal Star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Regulus is considered to be the Heart of the Lion in Leo. Regulus is also one of the four “Royal Stars” of ancient Persia. These Royal Stars mark the four quadrants of the heavens. They are Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut, and Aldebaran. Regulus: Heart of the Lion Four to five thousand ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—April 12, Use moon to locate Cancer the

Sky Tonight—April 12, Use moon to locate Cancer the Crab

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The moon can guide you to Cancer the Crab tonight – if you are patient. You have probably heard of the constellation Cancer, but there is a good chance you have never seen it. As constellations go, Cancer the Crab is probably the most famous constellation that the fewest people can actually identify in the night sky. Its primary competitors in the famous-but-not-recognizable category are probably Aries the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet

Sky Tonight—March 18, Watch for full moon, planet Saturn, high tides this weekend

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org   There is a lot going on in the sky on the weekend of March 18-20, 2011. The moon will be near a bright planet (Saturn) and some bright stars (Regulus and Spica). Plus there will be an especially close full moon – which some are now calling a supermoon – which might mean higher-than-usual tides, especially if the weather gets stormy along coastlines. What is true – and false – about the ... Full Story

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