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October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: September 28, 2018

October nights lengthen, welcoming a great view of the Milky Way arched from southwest to northeast, its subtle beauty anchored by the Summer Triangle in the southwest, and the rising star Capella in the northeast.  The Draconid Meteor shower peaks near the 9th, while the Orionid Meteor shower peaks near ...
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 28, 2018

The summer skies, like the weather, are in transition through September.  The Scorpion lowers into the southwest through the month, followed by the Teapot in Sagittarius.  Still dazzling, though low in the skies, Mars shines a pale rusty color to the lower left of the Teapot, while the fainter Saturn ...
August Astronomy

August Astronomy

Posted: July 31, 2018

Four planets span the evening skies—Venus low in the west, Jupiter higher in the southwest, Saturn above the “teapot” in Sagittarius in the south, and the fiery Mars in the southeast. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower brings us shooting stars from the 11th to the 14th, with the New Moon ...
July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: June 28, 2018

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 Saturn, just above the ...
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: May 30, 2018

The planets are prominent in the skies this month, with Venus at its highest for 2018, Jupiter dazzlingly bright in the south, Saturn reaching its best late in the month, and Mars becoming fabulously bright, rising by 11 o’clock by late in the month.  Our shortest nights still feature some ...
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: April 25, 2018

May welcomes the return of some of the brighter summer stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast.  Leo the Lion prowls the southern skies through the month, with its bright star Regulus, while late in the month, the Summer Triangle begins its annual display, rising in ...

Star Struck: Defunct space station falls from sky

Posted: April 9, 2018

In this Star Struck, Bobby Farlice-Rubio tells us all about the Chinese space station that was lost in space until it crashed into the Pacific Ocean Monday. Watch the video for the full interview. The experimental space lab Tiangong 1 was launched ...
March Astronomy

March Astronomy

Posted: March 1, 2018

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.  After the winter Venus returns to the ...
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: January 31, 2018

Orion commands the southern evening skies throughout February, 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 Dipper begins to lift higher into the ...
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 3, 2018

The planets should be perfect for night owls, all of them appearing after midnight, starting with Jupiter and Mars fairly close together in the southeast by the dawn’s twilight. Saturn barely rises by late in the month, while Mercury is at its morning best through the 10th. Venus is lost in ...