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USPS Star Calendar for 18-24 May 11 May 2014

Posted by amedalen in May 2014.
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18 May    The moon is at perigee, 57.56 Earth-radii (367,000 kilometers) away.

20 May    In the south before dawn, the moon is between magnitude 0.9 Altair, 3 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut, the same distance to the lower left.

24 May    We may see a good meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR in the early morning hours.

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USPS Star Calendar for 18 to 24 April 11 April 2010

Posted by amedalen in April 2010.
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18 Apr
Tonight, Capella is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right. Betelgeuse is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left, and Aldebaran is 1½ fist-widths below the moon. The Gemini Twins are nearly 3 fist-widths to the moon’s upper left, and Mars is another 1½ fist-widths beyond the Twins.

19 Apr
The moon lies in a straight line between Capella, nearly 3 fist-widths to the right or lower right, and Procyon, 2 fist-widths to the left or upper left. The Gemini Twins are 1½ fist-widths above the moon.

20 Apr
The moon lies between Procyon, 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, and the Gemini Twins, one-half fist-width to the upper right. Mars is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper left.

21 Apr
High in the southwest tonight, Mars is only 2 finger-widths above the moon, with the Gemini Twins to its right and Regulus to its left. First-quarter moon at 1820 UT.

22 Apr
Mars is now 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right. The Lyrid meteor shower will be at its best before dawn.

23 Apr
Tonight, Regulus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right, Mars is 2 fist-widths beyond, and Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the left.

24 Apr
Magnitude 0.7 Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left this evening. The moon is at perigee, 57.56 earth-radii away.