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Look up in 2020! #931994 01/03/20 10:44 AM
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Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932000 01/04/20 12:34 AM
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I love eclipses! We're supposed to have quite an active aurora borealis year as well. Should be an interesting year up in the night sky!

Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932120 01/20/20 09:21 PM
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The Year in Space says:
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The Moon is new on Friday, so early this week it will be visible as a waning crescent in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Early in the week you may be able to still see it for a few hours after sunrise if you look for it. On Tuesday morning it will appear to the lower left of Mars (as seen from mid-northern latitudes) in the predawn sky, and on Wednesday morning you might glimpse it to the upper right of Jupiter, which has now made the transition to a morning "star". On Sunday, you may be able to see the Moon emerge from the other side of Sun as a thin crescent low in the southwest right after sunset. All week long, Venus will continue to shine brightly in the western sky after sunset. It is a fun test to see how long before sunset you can actually see this planet, which has the ability to be brighter than any other planet or star (other than the Sun) in the sky.


I saw Venus this evening, but am not so good about the early morning!


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Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932148 01/26/20 05:56 PM
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If you haven’t seen dazzling Venus, have a look in the sunset direction for it some 45 minutes to an hour after the sun goes down. There's also a bonus on January 27 - 28. If you have a clear western horizon, you can see the crescent moon near Venus.


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Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932180 02/02/20 09:28 AM
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What's to see in the night sky in February? Cosmic Pursuits has the details for you.


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Here's the February 2020 guide to the bright planets, posted by Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd on EarthSky.


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Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932300 02/17/20 10:40 AM
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Do you live in North or Central America? If so – on the morning of February 18, 2020 – you might be in just the right place to watch the waning moon occult (cover over) the red planet Mars. Mars will slip behind the moon’s illuminated side and up to an hour later reappear on the moon’s dark side.

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Given clear skies, all of the United States (except Alaska and Hawaii) will be in a position to watch this lunar occultation of Mars. But whether this occultation takes place before dawn, at dawn, or in a daytime sky, depends on where you live within the United States. Even in the predawn sky, however, your view of the occultation could be less than ideal because of light pollution. In that case, use binoculars!

Pacific Time zone: the entire occultation happens during the predawn hours on February 18.

Mountain Time zone: the occultation begins in a predawn sky and ends in a predawn or dawn sky.

Central Time zone: the occultation starts in a predawn/dawn sky and then ends at dawn or after sunrise. You should be able to see Mars before the occultation with the eye alone, but may need an optical aide to view Mars’ reappearance.

Eastern Time zone: the occultation takes place after sunrise February 18, so a telescope is in order for watching the event from the eastern U.S. and Canada.


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Re: Look up in 2020! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #932350 02/27/20 08:01 PM
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Headline in today's paper: Venus and the moon will 'kiss' following sunset Feb. 27th.

I don't know if you will be able to read the article: https://www.richmond.com/news/trend...a9acc39-4a9c-5bd6-94ea-7d8a9375794a.html

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It is a beautiful starry night. The crescent moon is too low and behind trees -

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Nope, Angie, I got the following message when I clicked on the link . . .

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However, on Wednesday night I did see a lovely crescent Moon and stunningly bright Venus!


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