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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 ...
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: January 30, 2019

February evenings feature the great Orion, 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 ...
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 8, 2019

This month’s highlight, a total Lunar Eclipse on the night of the 21st into the 22nd.  Orion becomes the center of attention in January, 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, ...
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 ...