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USPS Star Calendar for 3-9 August 27 July 2014

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3 Aug    Tonight the first-quarter moon slides 4 finger-widths to Mars’ upper left. Saturn is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left, and both set shortly after midnight.

4 Aug    At dusk the moon is 4 finger-widths to Saturn’s left. Mars and Saturn line up to the moon’s right. Antares is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left.

5 Aug    Antares is less than 4 finger-widths below the moon at dusk. Saturn is more than 2 fist-widths to the right.

7 Aug    The moon is high above the dome of the Teapot constellation Sagittarius.

8 Aug    At superior conjunction, Mercury passes on the other side of the sun, 1.347 AU away.

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USPS Star Calendar for 24-30 March 17 March 2013

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24 Mar    Regulus is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left at dusk.

25 Mar    By midnight, the moon is high in the south between Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Spica, 3 fist-widths to the lower left. Saturn is 1½ fist-widths beyond Spica.

27 Mar    Full at 0927 UT (0527 EDT), the moon rises a little more than a half hour after sunset.  Rising a few minutes later, Spica is 2 finger-widths to the lower left around midnight. Tonight’s full moon is known as the Worm Moon.

28 Mar    The moon rises several hours after sunset followed a half hour later by Saturn. The pair are low in the southeast at midnight with Saturn 4 finger-widths to the lower left and Spica slightly farther to the upper right. Venus is at superior conjunction, passing on the far side of the sun.

29 Mar    Before dawn in the southeast, Spica is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right near the horizon, and Saturn is 3 finger-widths above the moon.

USPS Star Calendar for 21-27 October 14 October 2012

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21 Oct    At evening twilight, magnitude 0.9 Altair, in the Summer Triangle, is 2½ fist-widths above the waxing gibbous moon low in the south. The triangle’s other stars are magnitude 0.1 Vega, 3 fist-widths to Altair’s upper right, and magnitude 1.3 Deneb, 2 fist-widths to Vega’s upper left or nearly overhead.

22 Oct    In the south at sunset, magnitude 0.9 Altair—in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle—is 2½ fist-widths to the first-quarter moon’s upper right. In Greek mythology, the eagle Aquila carried Zeus’ thunderbolts.

23 Oct    High in the south at sunset, the waxing crescent moon lies between two third-magnitude stars, so get out your binoculars. Magnitude 3.1 Sadalsuud in Aquarius, the Water Bearer, is 2 finger-widths above the moon, and magnitude 3.0 Deneb Algedi—in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat—is little more than 3 finger-widths below the moon.

25 Oct    Saturn, in conjunction with the sun, passes behind it.

26 Oct    Mercury reaches its greatest elongation east, 24.1 degrees from the sun. Look quickly at dusk to spy Mercury before it slips below the western horizon.

27 Oct    Rising less than an hour before sunset, the nearly full moon is high in the east as the stars appear. Directly above the moon, the Great Square of Pegasus includes three stars from the constellation Pegasus and one borrowed from neighboring Andromeda. The nearest star of the square is magnitude 2.9 Algenib, 1 fist-width above the moon. Magnitude 2.6 Markab is 1½ fist-widths to the upper right, and magnitude 2.6 Scheat is 1½ fist-widths to the upper left. Andromeda’s magnitude 2.1 Alpheratz, 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, completes the square.

USPS Star Calendar for 14-20 August 7 August 2011

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15 Aug    The moon rises a half-hour after sunset.

16 Aug    In superior conjunction, Venus passes on the other side of the sun and will be visible in the evening sky before the end of September.

18 Aug    The moon is at apogee, more than 405,000 kilometers or 63.53 Earth-radii away. The moon rises 2 hours after sunset, and Jupiter follows an hour later.

19 Aug    Separated by 1 fist-width, Jupiter and the moon are high in the south before first light. Tonight the moon rises 2.5 hours after sunset, and Jupiter follows a half-hour later. Tonight, they travel across the sky only 2 finger-widths apart.

20 Aug    Separated by 2 finger-widths, Jupiter and the moon are high in the south before first light.