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USPS Star Calendar for 23-29 November 16 November 2014

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24 Nov    Low in the west at dusk, the waxing crescent moon sets less than 2½ hours after the sun. Mars is nearly 2 fist-widths to the upper left.

25 Nov    Mars is 4 finger-widths to the left of the waxing crescent moon, low in the southwest early tonight. The moon is less than 10 percent illuminated.

26 Nov    Tonight the moon is 1 fist-width above Mars, which sets 2½ hours after the sun and is followed by the moon an hour later.

27 Nov    The moon is at perigee, 57.99 Earth-radii (370,000 kilometers) away.

29 Nov    Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths below the first-quarter moon high in the south at dusk.

USPS Star Calendar for 16-22 November 9 November 2014

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16 Nov    The moon rises early tomorrow morning, so dark skies tonight make exploration a little easier. Look high in the west 3 or 4 hours after sunset. The Summer Triangle, made up of the only first-magnitude stars in the area, dominates the western sky. The brightest, magnitude 0.1 Vega, forms the lower right corner of the triangle. The next brightest, magnitude 0.9 Altair, anchors the lower left corner, a little more than 3 fist-widths to Vega’s left or lower left. Magnitude 1.3 Deneb sits at the triangle’s top, a little more than 2 fist-widths above or to the upper left of Vega.

17 Nov    Only two first-magnitude stars are in the east tonight. The brightest is magnitude 0.2 Capella. Three fist-widths to its lower right is magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran. The moonless sky gives us the perfect chance for a good view of the Pleiades Cluster, the Seven Sisters. With your naked eye, look a little more than 1 fist-width above Aldebaran and see how many of the sisters you can spot. Now look with your binoculars.

19 Nov    Low in the east before dawn, Spica is 1 finger-width below the waning crescent moon, which is only 10 percent illuminated.

20 Nov    Edwin Hubble was born on this day in 1889. Among his greater contributions to astronomy was the confirmation that the Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies in the visible universe. He also discovered that the universe is expanding in all directions, relative to everything else in the universe. In recognition of his achievements, NASA named its large space telescope for him.

21 Nov    Only one day before new, the moon sets a few minutes after sunset, making for dark skies and good viewing opportunities. About 4 hours after sunset, Orion and Gemini appear above the eastern horizon. To the north, the Big Dipper is just above the horizon. For viewers in southern states, the Big Dipper is below the horizon.

USPS Star Calendar for 9-15 November 2 November 2014

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9 Nov    The moon rises 2½ hours after sunset, followed shortly by the Gemini Twins to the lower left and Orion, the Mighty Hunter, to the lower right. They are high in the west before dawn tomorrow with the twins above the moon and the hunter below.

10 Nov    The moon rises 3½ hours after sunset, about the same time as Gemini and Orion.  The star 1 finger-width to the moon’s right or upper right is magnitude 1.9 Alhena, part of the Gemini constellation.

11 Nov    Rising late, the moon is high in the east at midnight with the Gemini Twins 1 fist-width to the upper left and Procyon the same distance to the lower right.

13 Nov    The moon and Jupiter rise side by side shortly before midnight and are separated by less than 3 finger-widths.

14 Nov    Regulus, Jupiter and the last-quarter moon form a tight triangle high in the south at first light. Jupiter is 2 finger-widths above or to the upper left of the moon while Regulus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left or upper left.

15 Nov    The moon and Regulus rise a few minutes apart shortly after midnight. They are high in the south at sunrise with Regulus less than 3 finger-widths above the moon. Jupiter is to the upper right. The moon is at apogee, 63.39 Earth-radii (404,000 kilometers) away.

USPS Star Calendar for 2-8 November 26 October 2014

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2 Nov    Turn your clocks back. Daylight saving time ends this morning at 0200. Technically, the clock hour 0100 to 0200 is repeated. Déjà vu.

3 Nov    Magnitude 0.9 Mars is less than ½ finger-width above magnitude 2.9 Kaus Borealis, the uppermost star in the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. The moon is at perigee, 57.68 Earth-radii (368,000 kilometers) away.

5 Nov    Mercury and Spica rise side by side, 1½ hours before the sun.

7 Nov    The moon forms a triangle with magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran, less than 1 fist-width to the lower left, and the Pleiades Cluster, the same distance to the upper left.

8 Nov    Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

USPS Star Calendar for 26 October-1 November 19 October 2014

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26 Oct    Antares is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left just above the horizon at dusk. The moon is only 5 percent illuminated.

27 Oct    Low in the southwest at sunset, magnitude 0.9 Mars is less than 1 fist-width to the lower left of the thin waxing crescent moon. About 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

28 Oct    Mars sets 3 hours after the sun. The moon, now to Mars’ upper left, follows an hour later.

29 Oct    The bright star 2½ fist-widths above the moon at dusk is magnitude 0.9 Altair.

31 Oct    The first-quarter moon lies midway between magnitude 0.9 Altair, 3 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut, to the lower left.

1 Nov    In the southeast at sunset, magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths below the waxing gibbous moon. Magnitude –0.5 Mercury reaches its greatest elongation of the year, 18.7 degrees west of the sun. Rising more than 1½ hours before the sun, Mercury is followed a few minutes later by magnitude 1.2 Spica to the lower right.

USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 October 12 October 2014

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19 Oct    Two fist-widths below Jupiter, the moon rises 4 hours before the sun and is 20 percent illuminated.

20 Oct    Before first light, the Big Dipper stands on its handle, far to the left of the thin waning crescent moon low in the east.

21 Oct    Two days before new, the moon is just a thin sliver low in the east before dawn.

23 Oct    A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. this afternoon. More of the sun will be covered for those in the northern latitudes than for those farther south. Remember not to look directly at the sun.

25 Oct    Only two days old, the moon is low in the east at dusk, setting less than 1½ hours after the sun. You may catch a glimpse of magnitude 0.6 Saturn, 2 finger-widths to the lower right. Magnitude 1.1 Antares is 1½ fist-widths to the left.

USPS Star Calendar for 12-18 October 5 October 2014

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13 Oct    The moon rises late, 4 hours after sunset, with Orion rising at the same time to its right.

14 Oct    High in the south before first light, Orion stands tall to the moon’s lower right. The Gemini Twins are 2 fist-widths to the upper left.

15 Oct    The bright star 1 fist-width below the moon this morning is magnitude 0.5 Procyon.

17 Oct    Magnitude –2.0 Jupiter is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left before dawn. About 40 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

18 Oct    The waning crescent moon is 4 finger-widths to Jupiter’s lower right this morning. Magnitude 1.3 Regulus is nearly 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. Together, the trio form a triangle you can cover with your fist held at arm’s length. The moon is at apogee, 63.48 Earth-radii (405,000 kilometers) away.

USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 October 28 September 2014

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5 Oct    The moon rises less than 2 hours before sunset and is high in the southwest by midnight. More than 80 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

6 Oct    The moon is at perigee, 56.83 Earth-radii (362,000 kilometers) away.

8 Oct    A total lunar eclipse will be visible for much of the U.S. before dawn as Earth’s shadow covers the full moon.

10 Oct    Rising less than 2 hours after sunset, the waning gibbous moon is high in the east by midnight. You may need binoculars to see the Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the left.

11 Oct    The moon rises 2½ hours after sunset and is followed a few minutes later by magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran. By midnight, they have climbed higher in the east with Aldebaran 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width above the moon.

USPS Star Calendar for 28 September-4 October 21 September 2014

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28 Sep    The moon is to Saturn’s upper left, Mars is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left, and Antares is a little more than 1 finger-width to Mars’ lower left. Look at them through binoculars to compare the colors of the red planet and the red star.

29 Sep    The moon, Mars and Antares line up this evening. Mars is 3 finger-widths below the moon, and Antares is about 1½ finger-widths below Mars.

30 Sep    Mars and Antares are close together, far to the moon’s lower right.

1 Oct    The first-quarter moon is above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius, low in the south tonight. Mars and Antares are 3 fist-widths to the lower right.

2 Oct    The bright star 2½ fist-widths above the moon is magnitude 0.9 Altair.

3 Oct    The waxing gibbous moon lies between Altair, 2½ fist widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut, 3½ fist-widths to the lower left.

USPS Star Calendar for 21-27 September 14 September 2014

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21 Sep    The moon and Regulus rise 2½ hours before the sun. Jupiter is 1½ fist-widths above the moon, which is about 10 percent illuminated.

22 Sep    The autumnal equinox occurs at 1029 EDT.

23 Sep    The thin waning crescent moon rises a half hour before the sun. Venus is 2 finger-widths to the upper left. Less than 5 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

24 Sep    The new moon makes the next few days perfect for exploring the evening sky. In the south, Mars is 2 finger-widths to the upper right of Antares.

25 Sep    In the north tonight, the Big Dipper appears horizontal at dusk, rotates counterclockwise and is near the horizon at midnight.

26 Sep    You can catch a quick glimpse of the thin waxing crescent moon low in the west at dusk. The moon sets two hours after the sun. The moon’s surface is less than 5 percent illuminated.

27 Sep    Magnitude 0.6 Saturn is 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left low in the west as the sky darkens.

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