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USPS Star Calendar for 18-24 November 11 November 2012

Posted by amedalen in November 2012.
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18 Nov    Venus and Spica rise 2½ hours before the sun.

19 Nov    Venus falls closer to the horizon and is now 2 finger-widths to Spica’s lower left.

20 Nov    Tonight is also a good night for viewing the Leonids. The first-quarter moon is high in the south at nightfall. Most nearby stars are third magnitude or dimmer. Magnitude 0.9 Altair is nearly 4 fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Fomalhaut is 2½ fist-widths to the lower left. How many lower-magnitude stars can you spot near the moon? Magnitude 3.2 Sadalmelik is 2 finger-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 3.0 Deneb Algedi is 1 fist-width to the lower right.

21 Nov    High in the south at dusk, the Great Square of Pegasus is a couple of fist-widths above or to the upper left of the waxing gibbous moon.

24 Nov    The moon is in the constellation Pisces, the Fish. In this faint constellation none of the stars are brighter than fourth magnitude. In Greco-Roman myth, Aphrodite and her son Heros were chased by the monster Typhon. To escape they transformed into fish and tied their tails together to make sure they would never be separated. The two fish form a V in the sky where they are tied. The moon is 1 fist-width above the base of the V.

USPS Star Calendar for 5 to 11 December 28 November 2010

Posted by amedalen in December 2010.
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5    New moon at 1736 UT

6    Magnitude 1.3 Mars is less than a half finger-width to the moon’s lower right, but both set an hour after the sun. Magnitude -0.1 Mercury is 3 finger-widths to Mars’ upper left. Use binoculars.

7    At magnitude zero, Mercury is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right tonight. Use binoculars.

11   In the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, try to spot magnitude 3.2 Sadalmelik 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right. Then look for some of the constellation’s 4th magnitude stars like omicron Aquarii to the lower right and Sadachbia to the lower left. Use binoculars.