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Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Look up - what's in the sky? - 06/02/21 06:45 PM
Find out about the details of the Night Sky This Month for June.

And Cosmic Pursuits has a lot more that's worth a look, including supermoon images from last month.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 07/08/21 10:48 AM
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What's Up: Skywatching Tips from NASA

There's a video, daily guide and lots of useful information, such as Skywatching Tips for July:

Venus is joined by Mars in the July twilight. Watch them come closer each evening, culminating with a super-close pairing on July 12. And 'tis the season for enjoying the Milky Way core!
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 10/01/21 03:59 PM
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Cosmic Pursuits gives a rundown on the night sky for October. You might see Venus, a crescent Moon & the star Antares, or perhaps the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn, and if very lucky, Orionid meteors.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 10/21/21 08:57 PM
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The most famous comet is Halley's Comet. English astronomer Edmond Halley didn't discover it, but did discover that it came visiting every 75-76 years. If you can't wait until 2062 for the next visit, you can see the Orionid meteor shower which is created by debris from Halley's Comet. October 20-21!

Orionids – Crumbs of Halley's Comet
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 10/22/21 02:29 PM
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I had the usual overcast sky and didn't see any Orionids - or even the full Moon! But here are two reports from southern England:

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Unfortunately [our favourite dark sky spot] wasn't actually that dark due to the blazing near full moon but not a lot we could do about that. At approximately 2210 we were greeted by the most amazing fireball, originating from Orion. It lasted for approximately 4 beautiful long seconds and was red and blue/purple with lots of green on the outside.

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I saw one really bright one around 2am as I was locking up to go to bed so obviously then I had to don the thermals and sit on my balcony for an hour until I spotted another one.

Although they were watching for Orionids, there are also Taurids into November - they are known for being slow and colorful.
Posted By: Angie Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 10/23/21 01:38 PM
I can never see much in our sky - we have too many trees and light pollution doesn't help matters.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 10/31/21 01:55 PM
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Have a look for a bright object in the west after sunset - it's Venus. I saw it last night. The sky was clear for a change and the plant was brilliant.

EarthSky reports:
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Venus is the brightest planet seen from Earth. And it’ll be a beautiful and interesting world to watch through the end of 2021. Look west after sunset for Venus. You can’t miss it. It’s dazzling! That’s even though, from the Northern Hemisphere, the autumn angle of the ecliptic keeps Venus to the left of the sunset point, not high above the sunset. From the Southern Hemisphere, Venus is gloriously high above the sunset all month.

Venus ranks as the third-brightest celestial body to light up the heavens, after the sun and moon. On any evening between now and late December, it’ll be the first “star” to pop into view. Venus is currently getting brighter as the weeks pass. Its greatest illuminated extent – heralding its time of greatest brilliancy for this evening apparition – will take place in early December 2021.

By then, Venus will appear much closer to the sunset, even lower in the sky, as an eerie bright light. UFO sightings will increase around that time!

I could also see a bright Jupiter in the SSE and a much fainter Saturn to the south.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 12/03/21 04:23 PM
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Brian Ventrudo's Cosmic Pursuits have the lowdown on the night sky for December.

Highlights . . .

Watch out for the Geminid meteor shower, peaking on the 13th. (You can find out more about this in Geminids - December Spectacle.)

And Venus is a brilliant object in the southwestern sky at sunset. It's easy to see why people make UFO reports.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 01/01/22 10:28 PM
Here's your guide to what's in the sky this month, thanks to Cosmic Pursuits.

The crescent Moon along with Venus,...hwestern sky after sunset on Jan. 4 2022
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 02/04/22 08:32 AM
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Space.com tells you what you might see in the sky this month.

It includes a set of night sky guides of interest:

*When, where and how to see the planets in the 2022 night sky
*The top skywatching events to look for in 2022
*Best night sky events of February 2022 (Stargazing Maps)
*Space calendar 2022: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more
Posted By: Angie Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 02/18/22 01:42 AM
Mona, check out this article:

Astrophotographer Snaps Hi-Resolution Solar ‘Mosaic’ Using Over 300,000 Shots From Telescope in His Backyard


https://www.theepochtimes.com/astro...is-backyard_4224402.html?utm_source=News
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 02/18/22 11:46 AM
Great pictures, Angie. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if he's entered anything in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
Posted By: Angie Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 02/19/22 02:42 AM
I don't know but what close ups these are. Phenomenal.
Posted By: Angie Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 03/04/22 01:32 PM
Mona, what is your take on solar activity?

https://www.almanac.com/solar-cycle-25-sun-heating
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 06/03/22 10:18 AM
The Cosmic Pursuits Newsletter - June 2022

Here's some of what's featured this month.

1. What to see in the Night Sky This Month.

2. Summer arrives in the northern hemisphere and plenty of sunshine greets us after a long winter. But the Sun itself is about to get interesting as it embarks on another 11-year-long cycle that brings more sunspots, flares, and magnetic activity. This month's observing article: the Sun awakens.

3. The 'Everything Everywhere' podcast explains how a star is born.

4. Well at least something went well this month - initial tests of the James Webb Space Telescope show an astonishing degree of image resolution in the mid-infrared. The discoveries will soon start pouring out of this telescope like a fire hose.

5. The dean of astronomy writers, Timothy Ferris, has two new short 'Rocky Hill Lectures' this month, one about 'the multiverse' and another about the prospects for time travel.

6. A fascinating think piece, worth the time: How to improve the search for alien life in the galaxy.
Posted By: Mona - Astronomy Re: Look up - what's in the sky? - 11/02/22 08:14 PM
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The nights are getting longer now that we've turned the clocks back and are heading for the solstice. But there's plenty to see in the November skies.

Brian Ventrudo produces Cosmic Pursuits, and let's us know what's up in the sky this month.
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