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Posts by Bruce McClure

Radiant point of Delta Aquarid meteor shower
Tonight | Jul 28, 2015

Delta Aquarid meteors peaking in moonlight

Moon is in the way of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July. Get ready, though. Delta Aquarids will still be flying as the Perseids peak in August.

Via daviddarling.info
Tonight | Jul 27, 2015

Star of the week: The Double Double star

Binoculars reveal Epsilon Lyrae as a double star – two stars in one. A telescope shows that each component star is also a double.

Moon shot with blue filter via our friend Jv Noriega
Science Wire | Jul 26, 2015

Next Blue Moon is July 31

The moon was full on July 2, and it’ll be full again on July 31. The second of two full moons in a calendar month is often called a Blue Moon.

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Tonight | Jul 26, 2015

Moon north of star Antares on July 26

Antares, Heart of Scorpius the Scorpion, is bright and reddish in color. It’s near the moon on July 26, 2015. Saturn is also nearby.

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Tonight | Jul 24, 2015

Everything you need to know: Delta Aquarid meteor shower

Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks around now, under the light of the almost-full moon. But don’t worry. Delta Aquarids will still be flying when the Perseids peak in August.

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Tonight | Jul 24, 2015

Star Skat is near radiant for Delta Aquarid meteors

How to spot it, plus an explanation of why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.

The moon swings close to the star Spica on July 23, the star Zubenelgenubi on July 24 and the planet Saturn on July 25.
Tonight | Jul 24, 2015

Moon heading toward Saturn on July 24

Look for the waxing gibbous moon as darkness falls on July 24. It shines in between two bright starlike points of light, the star Spica and the planet Saturn.

Photo by Justin Ng
Tonight | Jul 23, 2015

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

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Tonight | Jul 23, 2015

First quarter moon, Spica, on July 23

People from around the world will see the moon at or near its first quarter phase, and close to the star Spica on the evening of July 23.

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Tonight | Jul 22, 2015

Moon near star Spica on July 22

As sunset closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns, let the moon introduce you to a very special star this evening.