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USPS Star Calendar for 2-8 November 26 October 2014

Posted by amedalen in November 2014.
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2 Nov    Turn your clocks back. Daylight saving time ends this morning at 0200. Technically, the clock hour 0100 to 0200 is repeated. Déjà vu.

3 Nov    Magnitude 0.9 Mars is less than ½ finger-width above magnitude 2.9 Kaus Borealis, the uppermost star in the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. The moon is at perigee, 57.68 Earth-radii (368,000 kilometers) away.

5 Nov    Mercury and Spica rise side by side, 1½ hours before the sun.

7 Nov    The moon forms a triangle with magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran, less than 1 fist-width to the lower left, and the Pleiades Cluster, the same distance to the upper left.

8 Nov    Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

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USPS Star Calendar for 10-16 November 3 November 2013

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10 Nov    The first-quarter moon is high in the south at sunset and sets just after midnight.

11 Nov    Low in the southwest at dusk, Venus enters the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius, and crosses the dome over the next few evenings, finally exiting on the 15th.

12 Nov    Using binoculars, look for Venus which passes less than 1 finger-width to the lower left of magnitude 2.9 Kaus Borealis, the uppermost star of Sagittarius’ dome.

13 Nov    The waxing gibbous moon is high in the southeast at sunset. About 80 percent of the surface is illuminated.

15 Nov    Exiting the dome of the Teapot this evening, Venus is one-half degree to the right of magnitude 3.3 Phi Sagittarii.

USPS Star Calendar for 20 to 26 March 13 March 2011

Posted by amedalen in March 2011.
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20 Mar    Tonight, the moon and Spica rise side by side only 1½ finger-widths apart. Traveling together across the night sky, they are low in the southwest at daybreak. Saturn is 1 fist-width to their upper right. The vernal equinox occurs at 2321 UT as the sun crosses the celestial equator into the northern celestial hemisphere, marking the first day of spring.

21 Mar    The moon rises 2 hours after Saturn, which is more than 2 fist-widths away. Spica lies between them.

23 Mar    The moon is to the right of the constellation Scorpius low in the south before dawn. Mercury reaches its greatest elongation, 18.6 degrees east of the sun, and sets 2½ hours after the sun.

24 Mar    Antares, the red heart of Scorpius, is 1 finger-width below the waning gibbous moon this morning. About three-fourths of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

26 Mar    The moon is above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius, and magnitude 2.9 Kaus Borealis is 1 finger-width below the moon. Last-quarter moon at 1207 UT

USPS Star Calendar for 4 to 10 April 28 March 2010

Posted by amedalen in April 2010.
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4 Apr
On Easter, the moon sits just above the tail of Scorpius with Sagittarius to its left.

5 Apr
Before first light, look low in the south as the moon passes within one-quarter degree of Kaus Borealis, the star at the top of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. Use binoculars.

6 Apr
Last-quarter moon
at 0937 UT

8 Apr
Mercury
is at its greatest elongation east, 19.4 degrees from the sun, making this the best time to spot it this year. Low in the west at evening twilight, magnitude 0.1 Mercury is 1½ finger-widths to the right of magnitude -3.9 Venus. Mercury begins to pull back closer to the horizon but is still easily visible for several more days. Use binoculars.

9 Apr
The moon is at apogee, 63.5 earth-radii away.

10 Apr
Low in the east before dawn, you’ll find magnitude -2.1 Jupiter 1 fist-width to the lower left of the thin waning crescent moon.