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USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 August 29 July 2012

Posted by amedalen in August 2012.
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5 Aug    Rising late, the waning gibbous moon is high in the southwest before dawn. Nearly 90 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

6 Aug    High in the southwest before dawn, the bright star 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right is magnitude 2.1 Alpheratz in the constellation Andromeda.

8 Aug    High in the south before dawn, the two stars to the moon’s upper left are magnitude 2.7 Sheratan and magnitude 2.2 Hamal, both in the constellation Aries. Jupiter is far to the lower left, and Venus lies beyond Jupiter.

10 Aug    The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left, high in the southeast before first light. Magnitude -2.2 Jupiter is 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, and magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to Jupiter’s lower right. The moon is at apogee, 63.36 Earth-radii (404,000 kilometers) away.

11 Aug    High in the east before dawn, Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the waning crescent moon’s lower left, and Aldebaran is farther below or to the lower right. Beyond Aldebaran, Orion reclines close to the horizon. About a third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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