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USPS Star Calendar for 3 to 9 April 27 March 2011

Posted by amedalen in April 2011.
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3 Apr    New moon at 1432 UT

6 Apr    The Pleiades Cluster is 3 finger-widths above the waxing crescent moon in the west at sunset. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

7 Apr    The Pleiades Cluster is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right tonight. Magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is the same distance to the left, and Orion is farther left. Using binoculars, try to spot the two magnitude 4.4 stars to the moon’s upper left, kappa Tauri and upsilon Tauri.

8 Apr    Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, the Bull, is 1 fist-width below the moon at sunset. Magnitude 1.8 Elnath is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right, and magnitude 3.0 zeta Tauri is 3 finger-widths to its upper left. Orion is to the lower left. About 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

9 Apr    High in the west at sunset, magnitude 0.2 Capella is 2.5 fist-widths to the waxing crescent moon’s right, and magnitude 0.5 Procyon is the same distance to its upper left. The Gemini Twins are 2 fist-widths above the moon, and Orion is to the lower left. About 25 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

USPS Star Calendar for 6 to 12 March 27 February 2011

Posted by amedalen in March 2011.
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6 Mar     At evening twilight, the thin crescent moon is 2 finger-widths to the right of magnitude -2.1 Jupiter low in the west. Less than five percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated. The moon is at apogee, nearly 252,898 miles or 63.75 Earth-radii away.

7 Mar     The waxing crescent moon is 1 fist-width above Jupiter tonight.

8 Mar     This evening, look 3 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right to find the navigational star magnitude 2.2 Hamal in the constellation Aries, the Ram. One finger-width below Hamal, you should be able to see magnitude 2.7 Sheratan. Using your binoculars, see if you can spot magnitude 4.8 gamma 1 Arietis. Today is Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before Lent begins.

10 Mar    The Pleiades Cluster is only 1 finger-width above the moon tonight. Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, the Bull, is 1 fist-width to the upper left. Orion lies beyond Taurus. Use your binoculars. About one-fourth of the moon’s surface is illuminated. Today is Ash Wednesday.

11 Mar    Aldebaran is only 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the lower right. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

12 Mar    The bright star 2 fist-widths to the right or upper right of the moon is magnitude 0.2 Capella. The navigational star magnitude 1.8 Elnath is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right in line with Capella. Using your binoculars, see if you can find magnitude 3.0 zeta Tauri, 1 finger-width left of the moon. First-quarter moon at 2345 UT