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Posts Tagged ‘waxing gibbous Moon’

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 15, Waxing moon close to

EarthSky Tonight—Nov 15, Waxing moon close to Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Given clear skies tonight, everyone around the world will see the waxing gibbous moon close to the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter. After the moon, Jupiter is easily the brightest celestial object in the November 2010 evening sky. But – generally speaking – Jupiter ranks as the fourth brightest celestial object in all the sky, after the sun, moon and planet Venus, respectively. Venus won’t ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight October 20, Moon washes out

EarthSky Tonight—Tonight October 20, Moon washes out Orionid meteors, but guides you to Jupiter

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The almost full waxing gibbous moon makes 2010 an unfavorable year for watching tonight’s Orionid meteor shower. However, that same big bright moon near Jupiter will be a sight to behold. Meteors first. The Orionid meteor shower will probably rain down their greatest number of meteors for 2010 before dawn on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Only diehard meteor enthusiasts will be watching, however, as the meteors are sure ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—October 19, Moon and Jupiter close

EarthSky Tonight—October 19, Moon and Jupiter close on sky’s dome

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As seen from North America, the waxing gibbous moon and the blazing planet Jupiter are the closest together for the month tonight. From Asia, they will be closest tomorrow night. Nevertheless, no matter where you live worldwide, look for Jupiter near tonight’s moon. Want more? Bright star in southeast on October evenings? It’s the planet Jupiter With the exception of the moon, Jupiter is the brightest heavenly ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 19, Venus brightest for

EarthSky Tonight—September 19, Venus brightest for 2010

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Comet Hartley 2 might brighten to binocular object by late September 2010 Venus is the brightest planet and it is brightest this week in the evening for all of 2010. Look outside shortly after sunset and you cannot miss Venus. It is an eerie light low in the southwestern sky. Venus’ brightness will surprise you if you have never noticed it before. It is so bright that, around now, many people will report Venus as a ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Sept 18, Best predawn of view

EarthSky Tonight—Sept 18, Best predawn of view Mercury

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Comet Hartley 2 might brighten to binocular object by late September 2010 Our sky chart shows the eastern sky for about one hour before sunrise at our mid-northern latitudes. If it is clear, there is a good chance that you will spot Mercury – the solar system’s innermost planet – sneaking onto the stage of sky. However, to catch this elusive world, you will need a level, unobstructed horizon in the direction of ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 17, Close-up on

EarthSky Tonight—September 17,  Close-up on constellation Perseus the Hero and Demon Star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Will you be able to see the ‘demon’ star in the constellation Perseus the Hero tonight? Yesterday’s chart showed you how to use the constellation Cassiopeia to locate Perseus in the northeast at mid to late evening. The brightest star in Perseus is Alpha Persei, whose proper name is Mirfak, pronounced MEER-fak. Comet Hartley 2 passes in front of Cassiopeia, Perseus in autumn 2010 Meanwhile, the best-known star ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—Sept 16, Cassiopeia and Perseus in

EarthSky Tonight—Sept 16, Cassiopeia and Perseus in northeast on September evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At this time of year, if you are in the northern hemisphere, try looking northeast at mid to late evening for two prominent constellations, Cassiopeia and Perseus. Learn these constellations now, and you may be able catch Comet Hartley 2 in front of Cassiopeia in late September and the first week in October. Then watch as the comet passes through Perseus until October 17. Comet Hartley 2 might brighten to binocular object ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 15, Moon helps you

EarthSky Tonight—September 15, Moon helps you visualize Pluto spacecraft

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org A spacecraft is now in route to the dwarf planet Pluto, scheduled to arrive in the year 2015. Tonight’s moon can help you visualize this Pluto spacecraft’s whereabouts on our sky’s dome. We are talking about the New Horizons spacecraft, launched from Earth in 2006. Will you see the spacecraft itself tonight? No. Even with a high-powered telescope, this little craft cannot be seen from Earth now as it speeds toward ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—August 22, Almost full moon lights

EarthSky Tonight—August 22, Almost full moon lights up Capricornus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org We draw in the arrowhead-shape figure of the constellation Capricornus by the moon on tonight’s chart. However, you are not likely to see this star pattern tonight because of the overwhelming glare of the full-looking waxing gibbous moon. When the moon drops out of the evening sky by the end of the month, you will be able to see this loop of stars in a dark sky. The signpost of the summer skies – the Summer ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer

Earthsky Tonight—June 20: Waxing gibbous moon closer to Spica

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Did you happen to see yesterday’s chart? If so – or if you looked in the actual sky during the evening hours – you might have noticed that last night’s moon was between the planet Saturn and the star Spica. This evening, the moon shines by the star Spica in the constellation Virgo. The moon was to the east of Spica last night. Tonight, if you look, you will find the moon much closer to Spica, the brightest star ... Full Story

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