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Where Winter and Spring Stars Meet | April 2021 Sky Happenings
April 5, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mars continues to fade a little bit each night now that Earth has overtaken it and is pulling away. However, it fades out gradually; Mars remains almost as bright as the stars around it in April 2021. And Mars is high in the west–well placed for observing right as night falls.  Jupiter and Saturn are the morning […]

Giant conjunction on the winter solstice
December 21, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

On December 21, 2020, the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn appear only one tenth of one degree apart in our sky. They have not appeared that close since July 10, 1623. Of course, Jupiter is not really next to Saturn.  Saturn is in fact about 4.3 astronomical units (AU)–about 400 million miles–behind Jupiter.  (One AU […]

Sky Happenings This Month: The Autumn “Intermission”
October 3, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

      Autumn represents sort of an ‘intermission’ in the sky, with bright summer stars setting at dusk, while bright winter patterns such as Orion have not yet risen.   The ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius sets in the southwest early in the evening.  The Summer Triangle is high in the west.   Meanwhile, the Great Square […]

How Mars Is Eating Our Dust And Pumpkin Spice Latte’s Are Out Way Too Early: Sky Happenings This Month
August 31, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  The Summer Triangle is high overhead at dusk.  This consists of the brightest stars in Cygnus, Lyra, and Aquila.  Scorpius, the Scorpion, is in the south, with the ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius to his left.  From the Big Dipper’s handle, ‘arc to Arcturus’ and ‘speed on to Spica’ in the southwest.  The Great Square of […]



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