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Look up in 2019!

Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Look up in 2019! - 01/02/19 05:14 PM

EarthSky focuses on the planets in the pre-dawn sky.
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The month starts out with Venus shining above Jupiter in the morning sky, yet the month ends with Jupiter shining above Venus. Day by day, Jupiter climbs upward, away from the sunrise, while Venus sinks downward, toward the rising sun. The two will meet for a conjunction in the morning sky on January 22, 2019.

After this month, Venus will spend less time in the predawn sky before sunrise each morning, but it’ll still be dazzlingly bright and visible at dawn to all on Earth for months to come.
Posted By: Angie

Re: Look up in 2019! - 01/04/19 02:58 AM

I checked tonight but the sky is very overcast. It's a dark cloudy night.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 01/04/19 09:13 AM

I guess that's always a problem with winter, Angie. The sky is glorious when it's clear, but being winter, it often isn't. We've been having weather that's mild for December, but the sky's tended to be blanketed in clouds.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 01/07/19 02:08 PM

Steve Cariddi on the sky this week:
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The Moon is beginning a new month this week, so this is a good time to start tracing its nightly path through the sky. Look for it early in the week, a slim crescent in the southwest after sunset. Each night it will appear to "grow" as it moves around the Earth and the side facing us gets more illuminated by the Sun. Look for bright Mars, shining halfway up in the south-southwest sky at sunset, as a marker of sorts, against which you can measure the Moon's nightly progress eastward (toward the left). On the night of the 12th the Moon will appear near Mars. In the predawn eastern sky, look for bright Venus about 25° high in the southeast, with Jupiter to its lower left, about half as high in the sky. To the right of Jupiter, reddish Antares, in the constellation Scorpius, shines as a reminder that the stars of summer are visible now just before sunrise in the east.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 01/28/19 08:31 AM

The sky this week from Steve Cariddi:
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This is the last week of the lunar month, so the Moon starts the week rising around 1:00 AM and by week's end, just before it becomes the "new" Moon, it will be a waning crescent visible in the southeastern sky. This graphic from Sky & Telescope magazine shows how the Moon will pass by Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn in the predawn sky during the next week. After sunset, look for Mars still shining prominently in the southwestern sky.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 02/01/19 09:08 PM


Royal Museums Greenwich presents night sky highlights for February, passes on some stargazing tips, and links to podcasts and videos.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 03/04/19 04:27 PM


Cosmic Pursuits takes you through the month of March with interesting things to see in the sky. Mark your calendar!
Posted By: JOY (Self Development)

Re: Look up in 2019! - 03/12/19 08:15 AM


Hi Mona, talking about 'looking up in 2019', did you know that when you rearrange the letters in ASTRONOMER you get MOON STARER?? Best wishes, Joy
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 03/12/19 10:46 PM

Joy, I'd never thought about it. Very appropriate. And better than STAR MOONER, I think.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 03/31/19 07:25 AM

Cosmic Pursuits says:
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As April rolls in, the brilliant constellations Taurus, Orion, and Canis Major turn to the west after sunset and are on their way out for the year. Jupiter and Saturn slowly move westward each night in the east-southeast on their way to opposition in a couple of months; both planets become visible well after midnight. Venus and Neptune make a close approach in the pre-dawn sky, while Mars passes through the stars of the constellation Taurus in early evening at the beginning of the month. And a respectable meteor shower comes to pass, although the light of the moon gets in the way.

Here’s what to see in the night sky this month…
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 04/01/19 11:58 AM

Steve Cariddi on The Sky this Week
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The Moon will be new on Thursday, so early this week you'll see an old slim crescent Moon just before dawn, low in the east. On Tuesday morning, look for the Moon below bright Venus just before sunrise. At the same time, look for Jupiter high the south, and dimmer Saturn about one-third of the way between Jupiter and Saturn. By Sunday, you'll see a young slim crescent Moon just after sunset in the west. Also after sunset, look for Mars high in the west, just to the left (east) of the Pleiades star cluster. It's a good time to compare its red color to one of the reddest stars in the sky, Aldebaran, dimmer and about 10° to the left (east) of Mars.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 04/08/19 08:00 AM

Steve Cariddi on The Sky this Week:
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The Moon is waxing this week, growing from a slim crescent to a gibbous phase by the end of the week. On Monday and Tuesday night, the Moon passes below and to the left (east) of Mars. It will be easy to spot the grouping as night falls. The crescent Moon will not be bright enough to drown out the stars of the Pleiades cluster (to the lower right of Mars), or the V-shaped Hyades cluster (just to the left of Mars). Reddish Aldebaran is the brightest star in the Hyades, and a worthy rival of ruddy Mars. Toward dawn, look for Jupiter and Saturn in the south. Jupiter is brighter and to the right of Saturn. Just before sunrise, Venus peeks up above the eastern horizon.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 04/21/19 04:31 PM

EarthSky says:
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The moon is just a few days past full on the nights of April 21 and 22. Meanwhile, the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to put forth its greatest number of meteors during the predawn hours on April 22 and especially April 23. If you’re a veteran meteor-watcher, you’re already shaking your fist at the moon. Its glare will drown out all but the brightest Lyrids. However, the moon offers its own delights, sweeping past Jupiter – the largest planet in our solar system and second-brightest planet in our skies – on these mornings. Also, you can look for the bright star Vega, which nearly marks the radiant point of the Lyrid meteor shower. Both Jupiter and Vega should have no trouble overcoming the moon-drenched skies. Find them, enjoy them … and maybe you’ll spot a meteor, too!
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 05/05/19 11:38 AM

Royal Museums Greenwich tells us what to look out for in the sky during the month of May.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 05/07/19 08:11 PM

Spring Astronomy Day is on May 11th.

Astronomy Day has been an annual celebration of astronomy for over forty years of "bringing astronomy to the people." See if you can find an event near you. If not, why not create your own event by skywatching with a friend - our Absolute Beginners guides can help you out.

Astronomy Day - Bringing Astronomy to the People
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 05/19/19 09:26 PM

Last night there was a full moon, this one named in some traditions as the Blue Flower full Moon. The photo was taken by Meredith Gertz in southern New Hampshire.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 06/04/19 12:16 AM

Steve Cariddi tells us what to look out for this week:
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A new lunar month begins on Monday. The new Moon gradually moves eastward (toward the left) each night, and by Wednesday it should be visible in the west-southwest at nightfall, when it will be near Mars. By week's end it will be visible in the southwest before sunset. Jupiter and Saturn are rising around 9pm and 11pm respectively. Jupiter is heading toward opposition on the 10th, when it will be rising at sunset and visible all night. Around 3 or 4am, both planets are visible in the south.
Posted By: Angie

Re: Look up in 2019! - 06/22/19 01:53 PM

what a beautiful photo.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy

Re: Look up in 2019! - 07/04/19 09:33 PM


The sky in early July.
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