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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

November 26, 2015

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The eastern skies have gone to the dogs! Procyon, the star marking the Little Dog, is one of Orion’s hunting dogs, and rises at 8:55 PM. But the Great Dog comes into view less than a half-hour later, as the star Sirius – the brightest star in the night skies – rises at 9:31 PM EST.

  • November 27:

    Near Thanksgiving the Big Dipper is always seen along the northern horizon. In England it is known as the plough, very appropriate as we think about celebrating the harvest and the riches of the soil.

  • November 28:

    Near 6 o’clock each morning through this weekend into early next week, the unmistakable Venus drifts to the left, and gradually lower past the star Spica, among the brighter stars in the sky, and the brightest in the constellation Virgo, the Virgin. You might note a hint of blue from Spica, in contrast to Venus’s white hue.