Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mercury, Jupiter and Mars

We still have many cloudy nights forecast but, Darker skies this week brings the Last-quarter Moon Monday (exact at 1:43 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises around midnight Monday, shining below the stars of Aries. Look to its lower left for the Pleiades in the early morning hours. Get up early and start searching for the Aquarid meteors streaking across the sky. An hour before dawn, if the sky is clear in the ENE, you can find Jupiter and Mars in Gemini with the Crescent moon near by. You can find Mercury lower near the horizon. The Big Dipper is in the northwestern sky. It's left of Arcturus in the west in the evening. Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) still in the southwest just after dark, with Spica a bit to its lower right.

The Southern Delta Aquarid radiant, looking southeast at 2AM local from latitude 30 degrees north on the morning of July 30th.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Full Moon, Cloudy Skies

Cloudy skies will keep the night sky covered from any stars in the upcoming week. The forecast does not look good. We are not hopeful to see any bright stars in the night sky until the end of the week, maybe! Monday night is the Full Moon (exact at 2:16 p.m. EDT in the afternoon). The Moon travels across the sky this night in western Capricornus. Keeping Scoprpius, Lyra, Hercules and the Planets on my to view list. July is becoming a very cloudy month....

Here are 6 events that you can observe this week... if the sky is clear!

The Group meeting was held last Thursday night. Small group that attended watched another DVD, this time on Super Novas. The alternate star gazing site at Canyon Falls was mentioned again. Might gather there in August for the next Meteor Shower, the Perseids!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Moon Grows Brighter

This week we will have to be aware of a brighter night Sky! HOT daytime temperatures as we move into the dog days of summer. I see no clear night sky forecast in the near future. The forecast calls for lots of cloudy nights this week. Maybe even some rain! We could use the rain! The moon starts filling the night sky with moonlight! But, we still can view the brightest stars, if the sky is Clear. Find the bright stars Vega and Antares. Planets Saturn in the evening and Jupiter near Mars in the early morning hours by next weekend. Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly low in the west-northwest in evening twilight.

Monday is the First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:18 p.m. EDT). Look near the Moon Monday evening for Spica. Saturn is to their upper left. Think photo opportunity. If your sky is clear!

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

July, still a bit Cloudy

We are getting a SE wind from the coast. This brings us more cloudy nights and warmer summer days. There is a chance of rain Monday? We could use the rain!

The second week of July brings a New Moon early Monday morning July 8 (exact at 3:14 a.m. on this date EDT). This week Venus will climb higher and get brighter. The Scorpion climbs a bit higher in the south and Lyra is up a bit higher in the east at dark. I’m already tired of the night starting at 10pm.

Last week it was harder to find time to observe with all the holiday activity, but when the fireworks went off the evening of July 4th, I did spot Antares,  Vega and Saturn in a cloudy sky. Waiting for Clear Skies!

Look for Jupiter and Mars in an early morning sky Monday, if the sky is clear, an hour before dawn.