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USPS Star Calendar for 14-20 June 7 June 2015

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14 Jun    Before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is less than a fist-width to the moon’s upper left.

15 Jun    Watch Jupiter and Venus line up between Regulus and Pollux in the west. At dusk, Venus becomes visible first. Jupiter is next, 4 finger-widths to the upper left. The stars come last: Pollux, 1½ fist-widths to Venus’ lower right, and Regulus, 1 fist-width to Jupiter’s upper left.

17 Jun    Early this evening, far to the upper right of brilliant Venus is the Big Dipper, its handle pointing straight up.

19 Jun    Low in the west at dusk, Venus is 3 finger-widths above the moon, while Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to Venus’ upper left. In the next few days, the planets grow closer until they pass closely on the 30th.

20 Jun    Venus and Jupiter are to the moon’s right tonight. Regulus is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left.

USPS Star Calendar for 31 May-6 June 24 May 2015

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31 May    Saturn is less than 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left tonight.

1 Jun    This evening Saturn is two finger-widths to the moon’s upper right.

2 Jun    Tonight Venus is a little more than 2 finger-widths to the left of Pollux, forming a straight line with the Gemini Twins. Antares and the moon rise a few minutes after sunset.

4 Jun    Before dawn, the moon is above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius. 

5 Jun    Only three days past full, the moon rises shortly before midnight and is low in the southwest at first light.

USPS Calendar for 24-30 May 17 May 2015

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24 May    Regulus is 2 finger-widths above the moon this evening, and Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the right.

25 May    Regulus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right.

26 May    High in the south at dusk, the moon lies between Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the right or upper right, and Spica, 3 fist-widths to the left or lower left. The moon is at apogee, 63.38 Earth-radii (404,000 kilometers) away.

28 May    Spica is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left this evening. Venus sweeps past Pollux and Castor, the Gemini Twins, over the next few nights. Tonight Venus is 1 finger-width to Pollux’s lower left.

29 May    Spica is 1 finger-width to the moon’s right or lower right.

30 May    The moon lies between Spica, 1½ fist-widths to the upper right, and Saturn, 2 fist-widths to the lower left. Venus is a little higher this evening to Pollux’s lower left.

USPS Star Calendar for 10-16 May 3 May 2015

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10 May    Look to the lower left of the Big Dipper for the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, in the west. Brilliant Venus is 2 fist-widths to the Twins’ lower right. You should be able to spot two bright stars to Venus’ left. Alhena is the brighter of the two. How many stars can you see between Alhena and Pollux? Now look again with binoculars.

12 May    This evening, Jupiter is high in the southwest. Regulus, in the constellation Leo, the Lion, is 1½ fist-widths to Regulus’ left. Five fist-widths beyond Regulus is Spica, in the constellation Virgo. Saturn is nearly 4 fist-widths to Spica’s lower right, near the horizon in the southeast.

13 May    To find the Little Dipper, follow the pointer stars at the end of the Big Dipper’s handle 3 fist-widths to the lower right to Polaris. Polaris is at the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. Kochab, 1½ fist-widths to Polaris’ upper right, is one of the Little Dipper’s corners. Another corner is Pherkad, 2 finger-widths to Kochab’s right or lower right. You may need binoculars to see the other stars of the dipper and handle.

15 May    The moon is at perigee, 57.39 Earth-radii (366,000 kilometers) away.

16 May    Only two days before new, the moon rises less than an hour before the sun and is no more than a thin sliver, low in the east before dawn.

 

USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 April 12 April 2015

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19 Apr    At dusk, Mars is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s right. Mercury is less than 2 finger-widths to Mars’ lower right.

21 Apr    Mercury is less than a finger-width to Mars’ lower left, low in the west this evening. The moon, Venus and Aldebaran form a tight triangle early tonight, with Venus 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right or upper right. Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right. Orion is 1 fist-width to the left.

22 Apr    Mercury is less than 1 finger-width to Mars’ upper right.

23 Apr    At dusk, Alhena is 1 finger-width below the moon. Betelgeuse is 1½ fist-widths beyond Alhena. Pollux is about 1½ fist-widths above the moon.

24 Apr    The moon lies midway between Pollux, 1 fist-width to the upper right, and Procyon, to the lower left.

25 Apr    The first-quarter moon lies between Procyon, 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, and Jupiter, 4 finger-widths to the upper left.

USPS Star Calendar for 22-28 March 15 March 2015

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22 Mar    The moon is a little higher in the sky this evening. Venus is 1½ finger-widths to the right.

23 Mar    The moon lies between Venus, 1½ fist-widths to the lower right, and Aldebaran, to the upper left.

24 Mar    High in the west tonight, the Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right, Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to its upper left, and Orion is 2½ fist-widths to the left.

26 Mar    High in the southwest at dusk, the moon lies between Orion and the Gemini Twins. Orion is below the moon, and the Gemini Twins are high above.

28 Mar    Procyon is 1 fist-width below the moon, Pollux is the same distance to the upper right, and Jupiter is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s left.

USPS Star Calendar for 30 November-6 December 23 November 2014

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30 Nov    High in the southeast at dusk, the waxing gibbous moon is 2 fist-widths above a second-magnitude star, magnitude 2.2 Deneb Kaitos. Can you see the fourth-magnitude star midway between them? You may need binoculars to make out magnitude 3.8 iota Ceti.

2 Dec    Tonight look for magnitude 2.0 Mira, 1½ fist-widths below the moon.

3 Dec    The moon is surrounded by two second-magnitude and two third-magnitude stars this evening. The brightest, magnitude 2.0 Mira is 1½ fist-widths to the lower right.  Next in brightness, magnitude 2.2 Hamal is about the same distance to the upper left. Two finger-widths to Hamal’s right is magnitude 2.7 Sheratan. Finally, magnitude 2.8 Menkar is below and slightly right of the moon. You will need binoculars to get the most out of this viewing opportunity.

4 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left or upper left this evening. Aldebaran is 1½ fist-widths to the lower left. The moon is more than 90 percent illuminated.

5 Dec    The nearly full moon rises in the middle of the constellation Taurus, the Bull, shortly before sunset. The brightest star, Aldebaran, is 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left at dusk. Passing within less than 1 degree, the moon grows closer to Aldebaran as the evening passes. At midnight, the pair stands high in the south with Aldebaran to the moon’s lower right.

6 Dec    By mid-evening the full moon is high in the east surrounded by several first-magnitude stars. Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the upper right. Capella is nearly 3 fist-widths to the upper left. Far below Capella is Pollux, the brighter of the Gemini Twins. Orion is to the lower right of the moon with its two first-magnitude stars, Betelgeuse 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Rigel at the opposite corner, beyond the belt.

USPS Star Calendar for 14-20 September 7 September 2014

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14 Sep    Rising shortly before midnight, the moon is high in the south at dawn.

15 Sep    High in the south before dawn, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s right. Orion is just below the moon.

16 Sep    Magnitude 0.6 Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right this morning.

17 Sep    Magnitude 1.9 Alhena is 1 finger-width to the moon’s right before dawn. The bright star 2 fist-widths below the moon is magnitude 0.5 Procyon.

18 Sep    The moon lies between Procyon, 1 fist-width to the lower right, and Pollux, the same distance to the upper right. Jupiter is 2 fist-widths to the lower left.

19 Sep    Procyon is a little more than 1 fist-width to the moon’s right or upper right this morning. Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the lower left. About 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

20 Sep    Regulus is 1½ fist-widths to the waning crescent moon’s lower left. Mercury and Spica pass within 0.55 degrees this evening. They set less than an hour after the sun, so you will need to look quickly as the sky darkens. The moon is at apogee, 63.63 Earth-radii (406,000 kilometers) away.

USPS Star Calendar for 17-23 August 10 August 2014

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17 Aug    This morning, Jupiter rises 5 minutes after Venus, less than a half a finger-width away. High in the southeast before dawn, the last-quarter moon forms a line with 3 first-magnitude stars: magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, magnitude 0.6 Betelgeuse 2 fist-widths beyond Aldebaran, and magnitude 0.5 Procyon 2½ fist-widths farther, near the horizon.

18 Aug    Rising a minute later than Jupiter, Venus slides to Jupiter’s left this morning as they pass within 0.21 degrees. Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the waning crescent moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width above the moon.

19 Aug    Venus quickly falls away from Jupiter. Separated by a half a finger-width, Venus rises 6 minutes after Jupiter. Betelgeuse is 1½ fist-widths below the moon this morning.

20 Aug    Before dawn Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Procyon is 2½ fist-widths below the moon.

21 Aug    The Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, are 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s left before dawn. Pollux is the brighter twin. The second-magnitude star 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right is magnitude 1.9 Alhena, also in Gemini. Low in the south early tonight, Mars and Saturn are 1½ fist-widths to the right of Scorpius’ head. Mars is 2 finger-widths to Saturn’s lower right and slides to the left during the next few nights.

22 Aug    The waning crescent moon lies between Procyon, 1 fist-width to the lower right, and Pollux, a little farther to the upper left. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

23 Aug    Rising 1½ hours before the sun, the moon, Venus and Jupiter are clustered within 4 finger-widths near the horizon at first light. Mars is directly below Saturn tonight. The third-magnitude star 1 finger-width to Mars’ upper right is magnitude 2.9 Zubenelgenubi, which represents the top of Libra’s scales.

USPS Star Calendar for 25-31 May 18 May 2014

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25 May    The waning crescent moon rises less than two hours before sunrise, followed a few minutes later by Venus. Look low in the east before first light to see Venus less than 1 finger-width below the moon. Mercury is at its greatest elongation east, 22.7 degrees from the sun. That means this is our best opportunity to catch a glimpse of Mercury, low in the west, just after sunset.

26 May    The moon is closer to the horizon this morning, 1 fist-width to Venus’ lower left. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

30 May    Low in the west at dusk, magnitude 1.2 Mercury is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right. They set less than 2 hours after the sun.

31 May    The moon is a little higher this evening but still sets a little more than 2 hours after the sun. Magnitude -1.9 Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.2 Pollux lies beyond Jupiter.