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USPS Star Calendar for 5-11 May 28 April 2013

Posted by amedalen in May 2013.
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5 May    Leo, the Lion, dominates the southern sky. Its brightest star, magnitude 1.3 Regulus, is easy to spot in the south. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is 4 fist-widths to Regulus’ lower right. Magnitude 2.2 Alphard, in the constellation Hydra, the Sea Serpent, is 2 fist-widths below Regulus. Magnitude 1.2 Spica lies far to the lower left of Regulus. Noticeably brighter, Saturn is just beyond Spica.

6 May    The bright star halfway up from the eastern horizon is magnitude 0.2 Arcturus, in the constellation Boötes, the Herdsman. Arcturus comes from the Greek, meaning “guardian of the bear.”

7 May    In the early evening, the Big Dipper is upside down high overhead with its handle extending to the right.

9 May    For the best view of today’s annular solar eclipse, you will have to go to Australia or New Guinea. Those in Hawaii will see a partial eclipse. New moon at 0028 UT

10 May    The moon sets less than an hour after the sun but if you have a clear view of the western horizon, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the thin waxing crescent moon just to the lower left of Venus.

USPS Star Calendar for 13-19 November 6 November 2011

Posted by amedalen in 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.