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Look for the Moons of Jupiter

Face south after the sky has completely darkened, and look for the brightest point in the heavens. The steady light, even on a cold night when all the other stars seem to be twinkling indicates it is one of the … Continue reading

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Time to Fall Back

Daylight savings time is over. If you did not set your clock back last night you’re  alarm went off an hour early.

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South Taurid Meteor Shower

Tonight is the peak of the South Taurid meteor shower. It is a minor shower producing about ten shooting stars per hour, but they will be difficult to see because the ten day old moon is shining nearby.

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1st Quarter Moon Crosses the Meridian

The first quarter moon crosses the meridian, an imaginary line that runs from due south through the zenith (the highest point in the sky) and due North, at 7:57 tonight, just above the stars of Capricornus.

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Moon and Jupiter

Tonight the moon and the giant planet Jupiter rise together a little north of East. Jupiter is the bright star to the right of the moon in the early evening sky. Looking at the planet with binoculars on a tripod … Continue reading

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Hunter’s Moon

The long days of summer have passed and as we move into autumn months the hours of daylight are fewer while the hours of darkness increase. In the third week of September the sun is above the horizon just as … Continue reading

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Radio Astronomy

On this date in 1933, amateur radio operator Karl Jansky reported that he had detected radio emissions coming from the Milky Way. This discovery began the science of radio astronomy.

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Draconid Meteor Shower

The Draconid meteor shower reaches its peak tonight. Shooting stars will streak out of the northwestern sky. Light from a bright, waxing gibbous moon will interfere with observations most of the night.

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Far Side

On this date in 1959, the probe Luna 3 returned the first images of the far side of the moon to the Soviet Space Agency.

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First of Its Kind

Sputnik On this date in 1957 the USSR launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the Earth.

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