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USPS Star Calendar for 28 November to 4 December 21 November 2010

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28   Last-quarter moon at 2036 UT

30   The moon is at perigee, 57.99 Earth-radii away.

1    Magnitude 0.8 Saturn and the moon rise early this morning followed soon by magnitude 1.2 Spica and -4.7 Venus high in the southeast. Saturn is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left, and Spica is the same distance to the lower left, directly below Saturn. Venus is another 3 to 4 finger-widths beyond Spica. Magnitude 0.2 Arcturus is the bright star far to the left. The Big Dipper is upside-down to the upper left high in the north.

2    This morning, the waxing crescent moon moves to Venus’ lower right. At magnitude -4.7, Venus is at its brightest.

3    The thin crescent moon is 1 fist-width below Venus near the horizon this morning.

USPS Star Calendar for 21 to 27 November 14 November 2010

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21   The Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths to the lower right, and magnitude 0.2 Capella is 2½ fist-widths to the left. Full moon at 1727 UT

22   Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right or upper right in the east tonight.

24   The moon rises late tonight, with Orion, the Mighty Hunter, 2 fist-widths to its right and the Gemini Twins 1 fist-width to the left. Magnitude -0.4 Mercury and magnitude 1.3 Mars are now separated by 1½ finger-widths. Try to spot magnitude 3.4 theta Ophiuchi between the two planets. Use binoculars.

25   Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s right late tonight. Just before midnight, look far to the left to see the Big Dipper standing on its handle just above the horizon.

27   The moon and magnitude 1.3 Regulus, 2 finger-widths apart, rise together before midnight. Using binoculars, try to spot magnitude 4.6 31 Leonis between them. Tomorrow morning, Regulus is directly above the moon high in the south.

USPS Star Calendar for 14 to 20 November 7 November 2010

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15 Magnitude -2.7 Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to the waxing gibbous moon’s lower left this evening. The moon is at apogee, 63.51 Earth-radii away.
16 Magnitude -2.6 Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right tonight.
17 The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight. Unfortunately, the best viewing won’t occur until moonset at 0400 UT tomorrow.
19 Look for magnitude 2.2 Hamal in the constellation Aries the Ram, 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left. The slightly dimmer magnitude 2.7 Sheratan is the same distance to the moon’s upper right. Use binoculars.
20 Magnitude -0.4 Mercury passes within 1 finger-width of magnitude 1.4 Mars this evening. They remain close for several evenings and set 1 hour after the sun. The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left tonight. Use binoculars.

USPS Star Calendar for 7 to 13 November 31 October 2010

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7 Nov
Look low in the west at dusk to see the moon between magnitude 1.4 Mars, 1 finger-width to the upper right, and magnitude 1.1 Antares, less than 1 finger-width to the lower left. But look quickly, because they set only an hour after the sun. Compare the color of Mars and its rival, Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. Daylight saving time ends this morning. Use binoculars.

9 Nov
The waxing crescent moon is just above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius.

10 Nov
In the eastern sky, magnitude -4.4 Venus is high enough to be easily visible before sunrise. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 2 finger-widths to its upper right. Use binoculars.

13 Nov
Look high in the south at dusk to spot magnitude 3.1 Sadalsuud, 2 to 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right. Use binoculars to find magnitude 4.8 xi Aquarii midway between them. Then look 3 finger-widths below the moon to see magnitude 3.0 Deneb Algedi. First-quarter moon at 1639 UT. Use binoculars.

USPS Star Calendar for 31 October to 6 November 24 October 2010

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31 Oct
Happy Halloween.

1 Nov
Magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 4 finger-widths above the thin waning crescent moon high in the southeast before dawn. Today is All Saints’ Day.

2 Nov
The moon is midway between Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 0.9 Saturn, 2 fist-widths to the lower left. The star less than 1 finger-width above Saturn is magnitude 2.9 Porrima. Use binoculars.

3 Nov
Low in the east before first light, magnitude 0.9 Saturn is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude 1.2 Spica is directly below Saturn close to the horizon. Magnitude -4.1 Venus is 3 finger-widths below Spica, barely above the horizon depending on your latitude. Try to catch a glimpse before the sky brightens. Venus climbs higher as the days pass. The moon is at perigee, 57.16 Earth-radii away. Use binoculars.

4 Nov
A sliver of moon is visible low in the east before dawn. Magnitude 1.2 Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, magnitude 0.9 Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper left, and magnitude 0.2 Arcturus, in the constellation Boötes the Herdsman, is 3 fist-widths to Spica’s upper left. The Big Dipper stands on its handle far to the upper left. Use binoculars.

6 Nov
New moon at 0452 UT