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This Week\'s Sky at a Glance Some night sky sights for August 17 – 25
Posted by jmartin5 on 2012/8/21 6:12:33 (281 reads)

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Tuesday, August 21

In twilight the waxing crescent Moon makes a lovely quadrilateral with Saturn, Spica, and Mars low in the southwest, as shown above. They all just fit in a 6° binocular view. By coincidence, this is also the evening when Saturn, Spica, and Mars form an equilateral triangle.Read More

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Moon below Venus and Jupiter, above Mercury, before dawn August 15
Posted by jmartin5 on 2012/8/14 6:29:52 (245 reads)

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Want to see the elusive planet Mercury? Then get up before dawn on August 15, 2012, when the moon will be right next to the little planet. Both will be hovering very low in the east before dawn. The best news: the brilliant planets Venus and Jupiter will point the way.

Draw an imaginary line through Jupiter and Venus and – past the left side of the moon – to locate Mercury near the sunrise point on the horizon, as displayed on the chart at the top of this post.

Far and away, Mercury will be the hardest of these worlds to see. It climbs above the horizon just as darkness begins to give way to dawn. If you have a level horizon and a clear sky, you might first see Mercury somewhere around 80 to 60 minutes before sunrise at mid-northern latitudes. At more southerly latitudes, Mercury rises even closer to sunup.Read More

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When is the next meteor shower?
Posted by jmartin5 on 2012/8/14 6:26:50 (387 reads)

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The 2012 Perseid meteor shower was awesome! Meteor counts were high, ranging up over 100 meteors per hour in some places, and there was a beautiful alignment of the moon with the sky’s brightest planets Venus and Jupiter in the predawn sky. Simply wonderful. But the peak of the Perseids has passed, and it’s time to ask: When is the next meteor shower?
Luckily, you don’t have long to wait.
The Draconid meteor shower peaks on October 7, 2012, according to U.S. clocks.
Watch for the Orionid meteor shower on the morning of October 21, 2012.
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Where’s the radiant point for the Perseid meteor shower?
Posted by jmartin5 on 2012/8/11 6:11:55 (484 reads)

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Every time there’s a meteor shower, people always asking which direction they should watch. The answer is that any direction will do! It’s true that this weekend’s Perseid meteors appear to radiate from a single point in the sky. But you don’t need to look toward this radiant point to see the meteors. Instead, the meteors will appear all over a dark night sky during the night of August 11-12. Still, it’s fun to find the radiant. More about that below. Also, if you’re out meteor-watching, don’t forget to look for the moon, Venus and Jupiter before dawn.

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Singing the Blues: August Will Be a Blue Moon Month
Posted by jmartin5 on 2012/8/1 21:25:00 (224 reads)

The month of August brings us not one, but two full moons. The first will kick off the month on Wednesday (Aug.1), and will be followed by a second on Aug. 31.

Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full moons occur within a calendar month, the second full moon is called a "blue moon."

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