Welcome to Winter Preview, a series of posts that highlights sights that can be seen in the winter skies. The constellation Auriga is one of those that looks nothing like what it is named. Auriga is the Charioteer, but you’d have to have a very active imagination to see a chariot in its vaguely pentagon-like… Read More Winter Preview: Half a Charioteer
Skywatching: December 4-7 If you want to see any planets this month, wake up before sunrise. I was up early this morning (Friday) and noticed the skies have cleared over Chicago, at last. Over the next few days, the waning crescent Moon is going to “visit” three planets visible in the morning sky before sunrise.… Read More Waning Crescent
Welcome to Winter Preview, a series of posts that highlights sights that can be seen in the winter skies. The constellation of Taurus, the bull, is home to the most famous star cluster in the skies, the Pleiades, also known as the “Seven Sisters” (in Japan, “Subaru”), though most people can only see six stars… Read More Winter Preview: The Bull and the Sisters
In October, NASA released this HD video of Jupiter based on new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope. Jupiter is in fine view in the morning sky, high in the east before dawn.
Skywatching: November 6-7 In case you haven’t been able to check out the morning grouping of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars yet this week, there is still time. In fact, tomorrow morning, the waning crescent Moon joins the group, near Venus and Mars. The best time is before 5:45 am CST; by 6:00 am, the dawn… Read More Wake Up Early for Planets, Continued
Skywatching: November 3-5 All the planetary action this month is in the morning sky. On Tuesday morning, Venus will appear right next to Mars in the eastern sky before dawn. Look for the brightest point of light you can see in the eastern sky before dawn; that is Venus. Orange-colored Mars will be right next to… Read More Wake Up Early for Planets!