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December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 4, 2018

Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper rights leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking to the lower left, the brilliant star ...
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 2, 2018

November's annual return to Standard Time, (on the 3rd), gives us a parting view of Saturn during the earlier evenings, inching lower in the southwest.  The Milky Way arches high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while the dazzling Capella rises higher in the northeast.  Lower in ...
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 ...