Seeing Stars with James Wooten: The Stars of Spring are Rising
March 5, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

Mars remains in the west at dusk this month as it moves through Pisces. Mars continues to fade a little each night as Earth continues to leave it farther behind. After this month, Mars begins to be lost in the glare of the Sun. Venus is in the west at dusk. Venus overtook Mars on […]

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Canopus rises in Texas this February
February 5, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

This month, Venus has entered the morning sky. Look southeast at dawn for the brightest point of light there; only the Sun and Moon outshine Venus. Venus remains a morning star for almost all of 2014. Jupiter, up literally all night long last month, remains well placed for evening observing all winter and spring. Look […]

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: February 2013
February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mercury briefly enters the evening sky this month. Greatest elongation (the greatest apparent distance from Sun) is February 16, so that’s when you’ll see it the longest.  However, you can begin looking in a few days. Because Mercury sets soon after the Sun, you’ll need a perfectly clear horizon right over the point of sunset […]

Go Stargazing: April Edition
April 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Saturn dominates April 2011 skies because yesterday, on April 3, the Earth passed between the sun and Saturn.  This alignment, called opposition, puts Saturn in the sky all night long; it rises in the east at dusk and sets in the west at dawn. Venus’ apparition as a dazzling morning star is coming to an end.  It […]

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