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December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 2, 2019

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 ...

November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 5, 2019

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 ...

October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: September 30, 2019

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 ...

September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: September 3, 2019

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 ...

August Astronomy

August Astronomy

Posted: August 5, 2019

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” ...

July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: July 10, 2019

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 ...

June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: June 3, 2019

Our shortest nights still feature some great star gazing, starting with the Summer Triangle rising in the east - Vega, highest and brightest in the northeast, Deneb nearer the horizon, and Altair to their right, all three wading within the returning Milky Way, climbing higher above the eastern ...

May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: May 1, 2019

May welcomes the return of some of the brighter summer stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast.   High in the south, Leo the Lion prowls toward the southwest through the month, identified by the “backwards question mark” that forms his head, mane, and shoulders.  ...

Skywatch Astronomy

Skywatch Astronomy

Posted: March 28, 2019

This April starts with Orion and his companions the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, standing on the western horizon to start, but will be sinking through the month.  The spring stars may not dazzle in comparison, yet the Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion ...
Skywatch Astronomy

Skywatch Astronomy

Posted: March 4, 2019

In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views.  The evenings also feature the Big Dipper rising in the northeast, looking like a giant question mark.  Follow the “handle” toward the horizon, where the star Arcturus rises by 9 o’clock.  Venus sits quite low in the east ...