The Sky, November 20-26: Sun sets earlier on Thanksgiving than Christmas

The Sky, November 20-26: Sun sets earlier on Thanksgiving than Christmas

Special to CosmicTribune.com, November 21, 2023, 2023 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 ■ First-quarter Moon (exact at 5:50 a.m. EST Monday morning). The Moon accompanies Saturn more closely than it did yesterday, as shown. ■ The tiny black shadow of Io crosses Jupiter’s face from 9:16 to 11:26 p.m. EST, moving across Jupiter from east […]

The Sky, November 13-19: Cassiopeia, Orion and the winter sky

The Sky, November 13-19: Cassiopeia, Orion and the winter sky

Special to CosmicTribune.com, November 13, 2023, 2023 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 ■ Perseus is high in the northeast these November evenings, below W-shaped Cassiopeia. The W is standing on end. To find the famous Double Cluster in Perseus, count down the segments of the W starting from the top. The third segment points almost […]

The Sky, October 28-November 5: Jupiter looks as big as it gets

The Sky, October 28-November 5: Jupiter looks as big as it gets

Special to CosmicTribune.com, October 30, 2023, 2023 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 ■ Full Moon (exact at 4:24 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises at sunset. ■ A very slight partial lunar eclipse occurs while the full Moon is visible from Europe, Africa, and Asia. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 ■ The waning Halloween Moon, three days past full, rises […]

The sky, October 15-21: Jupiter dominates the East late evenings

The sky, October 15-21: Jupiter dominates the East late evenings

Special to CosmicTribune.com, October 16, 2023, 2023 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 ■ Now that it’s mid-October, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 ■ The Great Square of Pegasus is now high in the east-southeast after dark. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 ■ Look for bright Capella […]

The sky, October 1-8: The Moon-Jupiter duo

The sky, October 1-8: The Moon-Jupiter duo

Special to CosmicTribune.com, October 3, 2023 Excerpts from weekly Sky&Telescope report. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 ■ The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east-northeast around the end of twilight. Ten or fifteen minutes later, Jupiter rises just 2° or 3° to the Moon’s lower right. Later in the evening the two shine high, as shown below. These are currently […]

The Sky, April 28-May 7

The Sky, April 28-May 7

Special to CosmicTribune.com, April 28, 2023 On April 28, the Moon, a day past first quarter, shines high toward the south-southwest after dark. On May 3, Arcturus shines high to the Moon’s upper left. and Vega, the Summer Star, the other zero-magnitude equal of Arcturus and Capella, twinkles low in the northeast at nightfall. The […]