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USPS Star Calendar for 21-27 August 14 August 2011

Posted by amedalen in August 2011.
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21 Aug    High in the south at first light, the moon is between Jupiter, a little more than 1 fist-width to the right or lower right, and the Pleiades Cluster, 3 finger-widths to the left or upper left. Last-quarter moon at 2154 UT

22 Aug    High in the southwest at first light, Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths below the moon, and Orion is a couple of fist-widths below Aldebaran. The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right.

23 Aug    High in the southeast before dawn, Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right, Capella is 2 fist-widths to the upper left, Mars is a little more than 2 fist-widths to the lower left, and Orion is to the lower right. A little more than one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

25 Aug    Rising 4 hours before the sun, Mars and the waning crescent moon are high in the east at first light separated by only 1 finger-width. Only 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

26 Aug    Low in the east before dawn, magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and the Gemini Twins are 1 fist-width to its upper left. Only 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

27 Aug    The moon rises less than 2 hours before the sun. Before the sky brightens, look for Mercury 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. You’ll need a clear view of the eastern horizon.

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