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USPS Star Calendar for 4-10 December 27 November 2011

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4 Dec    Jupiter is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s left or lower left tonight. The moon is two-thirds illuminated.

5 Dec    Tonight Jupiter is only 4 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

6 Dec    The moon passes Jupiter tonight 3 finger-widths to the planet’s upper left. The moon is at apogee 63.56 Earth-radii, or 405,000 kilometers, away.

7 Dec    Late tonight, the moon is high in the southeast between Jupiter, 1.5 fist-widths to the right or upper right, and the Pleiades, 1 fist-width to the lower left. Orion is to the lower left, closer to the horizon.

8 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is only 1 finger-width to the upper left of the nearly full moon, making viewing difficult.

9 Dec    Using binoculars, look for magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right late tonight. The Pleiades Cluster is more than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, making viewing much easier.

10 Dec    The total lunar eclipse will appear as a partial eclipse in most of the United States. The best viewing will be in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Full moon at 1436 UT

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USPS Star Calendar for 27 November-3 December 20 November 2011

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27 Nov    Tonight Venus is nearly 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right.

28 Nov    Altair is 2.5 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right low in the west at dusk. The moon sets less than 2 hours after the sun.

30 Nov    Less than one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated, so it shouldn’t outshine the dimmer stars nearby. Get your binoculars and look for magnitude 3.1 Sadalsuud 2 finger-widths above the moon and magnitude 3.0 Deneb Algedi 3 finger-widths to the lower left. You should also be able to spot several dimmer fourth and fifth magnitude stars within 2 or 3 finger-widths of the moon.

2 Dec    The bright star 3 fist-widths below the moon tonight is magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut. First-quarter moon at 0952 UT

3 Dec    Magnitude 2.1 Alpheratz is 2.5 fist-widths above or to the upper left of the moon tonight.

USPS Star Calendar for 20-26 November 13 November 2011

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20 Nov    The moon rises 6.5 hours before the sun. A third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

21 Nov    High in the southeast before dawn, magnitude 1.2 Spica is 1.5 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 0.7 Saturn is 2 finger-widths to Spica’s upper left.

22 Nov    Before dawn, Spica is 1 finger-width to the moon’s left, and Saturn is 2 finger-widths to Spica’s upper left. Less than 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Use your binoculars to see how many stars you can find that aren’t visible with the naked eye.

23 Nov    The moon is at perigee, 56.40 Earth-radii, or 360,000 kilometers, away.

25 Nov    New moon at 0610 UT

26 Nov    With an unobstructed view of the western horizon, try to spot magnitude -3.9 Venus less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left shortly after sunset. If you’re lucky, you can also see magnitude 1.1 Mercury 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. About 1 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 13-19 November 6 November 2011

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13 Nov    Rising 2 hours after sunset, the waning gibbous moon stands high in the east before midnight with Orion to the lower right and Gemini to the lower left.

15 Nov    Low in the east at midnight, the moon is between magnitude 0.5 Procyon, 1 fist-width to the lower right, and the Gemini Twins, 1 fist-width to the upper left.

17 Nov    High in the south before dawn, the Gemini Twins are 2 fist-widths the moon’s upper right. Procyon is the same distance to the lower right. The brightest star in the area, magnitude 2.2 Alphard in the constellation Hydra the Sea Serpent is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left. Magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s left, and magnitude 0.9 Mars is less than 2 finger-widths to the left of Regulus.

18 Nov    This morning, Regulus is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s left. The brighter Mars is just beyond Regulus, and Procyon is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s lower right. Alphard is 1.5 fist-widths below the moon. Last-quarter moon at 1509 UT

19 Nov    Look for Regulus and Mars above the waning crescent moon just before dawn.