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USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 October 12 October 2014

Posted by amedalen in October 2014.
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19 Oct    Two fist-widths below Jupiter, the moon rises 4 hours before the sun and is 20 percent illuminated.

20 Oct    Before first light, the Big Dipper stands on its handle, far to the left of the thin waning crescent moon low in the east.

21 Oct    Two days before new, the moon is just a thin sliver low in the east before dawn.

23 Oct    A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. this afternoon. More of the sun will be covered for those in the northern latitudes than for those farther south. Remember not to look directly at the sun.

25 Oct    Only two days old, the moon is low in the east at dusk, setting less than 1½ hours after the sun. You may catch a glimpse of magnitude 0.6 Saturn, 2 finger-widths to the lower right. Magnitude 1.1 Antares is 1½ fist-widths to the left.

USPS Star Calendar for 29 May-4 June 22 May 2011

Posted by amedalen in June 2011, May 2011.
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29 May    Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right before dawn.

30 May    Just before dawn, Jupiter is far to the moon’s upper right. Using binoculars, try to spot magnitude 1.3 Mars, less than 2 finger-widths below the moon, before the sun rises. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

1 Jun    A partial solar eclipse is visible in the northern two-thirds of Alaska and parts of northern Canada. New moon at 2103 UT

4 Jun    The waxing crescent moon is less than 1 fist-width to the lower left of the Gemini Twins. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.