Moon and Saturn The MOON is in its waning gibbous phase, and if you are up late (around 11:00 pm Central time), you can see it paying a visit to SATURN in the eastern sky. On Thursday, March 28, it lies between the bright star SPICA and SATURN. On Friday, March 29, the MOON will… Read More Skywatching Tonight: March 28-29
Photographer Göran Strand captured this video of the Aurora Borealis on March 17, 2013: (Hat tip: Universe Today)
Moon and Regulus The MOON is in its waxing gibbous phase (full moon is next Wednesday, March 27). It is visible in the southeast at sunset and sets in the wee hours of the morning. This weekend it passes by the bright star REGULUS. On Saturday, you will see REGULUS to the left of the… Read More Skywatching This Weekend: March 23-24
Yesterday (March 20) was the equinox (spring or vernal in the Northern Hemisphere), the day the sun is directly over the equator. If you were on the equator, at noon, the sun would be in the highest possible point in the sky, directly overhead. (Aside: Here’s a fun and somewhat technical post about where the… Read More Equinox
Here is a beautiful video by the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History that features all the nearby stars with exoplanets–also, a little mind-boggling.
Last night (Wednesday, March 13), I went looking for Comet PanSTARRS. If ever I was going to find it, last night was the night. It was the first clear day we had in Chicago in about a week; the beautiful crescent moon was shining and pointing the way to the comet; and I had a… Read More No Comet for Me