Spacecraft Observing Comet ISON Comet ISON is approaching the sun, and while it is doing so, various NASA spacecraft are now able to image it. The comet’s closest approach to the sun happens on Thanksgiving Day!
Winter Is Coming It may feel like winter here in Chicago, but the calendar says it is still late autumn. Nonetheless, this is the perfect week to get a preview of the brilliant stars (and one giant planet) in the winter sky. As evening progresses, more and more of these bright objects rise above the… Read More Skywatching: November 27-30
The Winged Horse Flies High The constellation Pegasus represents the winged horse of mythology. It covers a large area in the sky, but it is mostly known for the pattern of four stars called the “Great Square of Pegasus.” None of them are particularly bright, but you should be able to spot them in the… Read More Challenge: Pegasus
Venus and Nunki This week, you can’t miss Venus low in the southwestern sky as the day turns into night. It is easily visible by 5:00 pm Central time and brighter than airplanes. Your challenge, however, is to find a star that is diagonally to the upper left of Venus. It’s right at the limit of… Read More Challenge: Venus’s Neighbor
From io9: The Cassini spacecraft took a high-resolution picture of Saturn back in July that shows a back-lit Saturn eclipsing the sun, making many of its own moons as well as other planets (including Earth!) visible. The post details all the different objects you can see in the image.
Crescent Moon and Venus The return of standard time and the ever-lengthening nights are keeping the planet Venus in view in the evening twilight. On Wednesday and Thursday, look for the crescent moon in the southwest after sunset, and Venus will be below it. The diagram below shows their relative positions on November 6 (left)… Read More Skywatching: November 6-7