Category: Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: March 30, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

April starts with Orion and his companions the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, standing on the western horizon to start, sinking lower through the month.  The Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the southern skies, and Gemini’s Twins settle into the west.  The… Read More
March Astronomy

March Astronomy

Posted: March 4, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views, appearing to “stand” on the horizon, with Taurus to his right, and the Great Dog to his left. The evenings also feature the Big Dipper rising in the northeast, looking like a giant question mark. Follow the “handle”… Read More
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: February 3, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Orion dominates our February evenings, striding mid-way up from the southern horizon by 8 o’clock, accompanied by the brightest star in our night skies, Sirius, below and left of Orion, marking the nose of the Great Dog. High in the south, Taurus, the Bull charges at Orion, as the Big… Read More
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 7, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The winter stars feature the brightest collection of the year. Orion becomes the center of attention, with his three belt stars drawing a line to the right, pointing to the red star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull. To the left, Orion’s Belt leads to the rising star Sirius… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 2, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, Skywatch Almanac Weather, What's Happening

The longest nights of the year welcome the return of Orion, rising earlier each evening, and dominating the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars. Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking… Read More
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 5, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Jupiter settles low, toward the southwest horizon, while Saturn remains higher and to the left. Venus returns to the evenings, passing by Jupiter on the 24th. This month finds the Milky Way high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while the dazzling Capella rises higher in the… Read More
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: September 30, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

As the shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius in the southwest, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northwest to greeting the rising star Capella.  The waxing Moon interferes with the Draconid Meteor shower on… Read More
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: September 3, 2019| Category: Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The planet Jupiter remains above the Scorpion, while Saturn shines to the upper left of the Teapot in Sagittarius through September, slowly progressing to the southwest. Earlier evenings feature the Big Dipper sinking lower into the northwestern skies, while the broad, faint path of the Milky Way arches from northeast… Read More
August Astronomy

August Astronomy

Posted: August 5, 2019| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The evenings arrive just a little earlier in August, 45 minutes-worth by month’s end.  The annual Perseid Meteor Shower from the 11th to the 14th will be greatly hampered by the nearly Full Moon this year.  Darker evenings away from the Full Moon feature Scorpius and the “teapot” in the… Read More
July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: July 10, 2019| Category: Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Evenings arrive late, though the days do get a little shorter.  The southern skies are busy this month, with the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, with claws stretching to the west, and its tail right along the horizon.  To its left is Jupiter, while farther left,… Read More