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USPS Star Calendar for 29 January-4 February 22 January 2012

Posted by amedalen in February 2012, January 2012.
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29 Jan    High in the southwest at nightfall, the moon is a little more than 3 finger-widths to Jupiter’s right.

30 Jan    Jupiter is a little more than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right at dusk. The moon is at apogee, 63.39 Earth-radii, 404,000 kilometers, away.

31 Jan    At dusk, look for the Pleiades Cluster 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left and Jupiter nearly 2 fist-widths to its lower right.

1 Feb    High in the south at sunset, the Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right, and magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths to the lower left. Orion lies farther to the lower left. The bright “star” 3 fist-widths to the lower right is magnitude -2.3 Jupiter.

2 Feb    Aldebaran is 3 finger-widths to the waxing gibbous moon’s lower right tonight. More than two-thirds of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Today is Candlemas or Groundhog Day, one of the cross-quarter days halfway between solstices and equinoxes.

3 Feb    Look high in the south 3 hours after sunset to see the moon surrounded by Aldebaran nearly 2 fist-widths to the left, the Gemini Twins 2½ fist-widths to the right, Orion 1 fist-width below and magnitude 0.2 Capella nearly overhead.

4 Feb    Look to the east at dusk to see the Gemini Twins 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left and magnitude 0.6 Betelgeuse, the brightest star on Orion, the same distance to the right. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is nearly 2 fist-widths below the moon.

USPS Star Calendar for 1 to 7 August 25 July 2010

Posted by amedalen in August 2010.
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1 Aug
Near the western horizon at sunset, Mars is 1 finger-width to Saturn’s lower left, and Venus is 3 finger-widths to the lower right. Today is Lammas, a cross-quarter day marking the beginning of the harvest season.

3 Aug
Last-quarter moon at 0459 UT

4 Aug
Just before dawn, the waning crescent moon stands to the right of the Pleiades high in the east. Aldebaran is 1½ fist-widths below, and Orion lies beyond Aldebaran, close to the horizon. Use binoculars.

6 Aug
This evening, Venus is little more than 1 finger-width directly below Saturn. Meanwhile, Mars has slipped a little to the upper left.

USPS Star Calendar for 25 April to 1 May 18 April 2010

Posted by amedalen in April 2010, May 2010.
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25 Apr
Tonight, Saturn is 1 fist-width above the moon, and Spica is nearly 2 fist-widths to the lower left.

26 Apr
Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left, and Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the upper right.

27 Apr
Spica is 1 fist-width above or to the upper right of the moon this evening. Arcturus is 3½ fist-widths to the upper left.

28 Apr
The moon is full at 1218 UT. In inferior conjunction with the sun, Mercury passes from the evening sky to the morning sky.

29 Apr
The moon rises 2 hours after sunset, followed shortly by Antares. They travel together across the southern horizon and are low in the southwest tomorrow morning.

30 Apr
Today is May Eve, one of the four cross-quarter days, midway between solstices and equinoxes.

1 May
Today is May Day or Beltane, the fire festival celebrated with bonfires and maypoles.