I remember watching the 1998 Tim Burton movie Beetlejuice and thinking, “Hey, that’s the name of the star in Orion,” every time they mentioned the name of Michael Keaton’s ghost character. The bright red-orange star in the upper left of Orion is actually called Betelgeuse, and it is easily visible in the night sky right… Read More “Beetlejuice” and Other Star Names
Sun and Moon In Chicago, the SUN sets this week between 5:37 pm and 5:44 pm Central Standard Time and rises between 6:31 am and 6:22 am Central Standard Time. The MOON is full on Monday and continues into its waning gibbous phase the rest of the week. On Monday, it rises at 5:50 pm Central… Read More Skywatching This Week: February 25-March 3
NASA has released a video of a solar eruption that took place in July 2012. I couldn’t help but be awestruck by the titanic forces at work to cause the “coronal rain.” (Hat tip, io9)
Moon, Jupiter, and Aldebaran, a photo by rbabiera on Flickr. A photo I took last week (Feb. 17 at around 10 pm) of the Moon setting in the west with Jupiter above it. The star Aldebaran is the point of light to the left of Jupiter.
Yesterday’s Astronomy Photo of the Day featured a composite photograph that illustrates why it is so hard to spot Mercury in the sky after sunset.
The European Southern Observatory in Chile recently released a photograph of Barnard 86, a dark cloud in one of our galaxy’s brightest regions. (Hat tip, io9)