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Posts by Bruce McClure

You've heard of the Big Dipper's "pointer" stars?  You can use them to find the star Capella, too.
Tonight | Nov 22, 2014

Big Dipper bowl points to star Capella

You’ve heard of the Big Dipper’s “pointer” stars? You can use them to find the star Capella, too.

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Tonight | Nov 21, 2014

Sky Bear comes to Earth on November evenings

Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings.

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Tonight | Nov 19, 2014

Northern Crown after dusk and before dawn in November

The Northern Crown – a C-shaped group of stars – glitters above the western horizon after dusk, and above the eastern horizon before dawn.

Four stars in the Almach system
Tonight | Nov 18, 2014

Star of the week: Almach is a quadruple star system

Almach looks like a single star to the eye and like a colorful double star through a telescope. But today we know Almach as four stars.

Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
Tonight | Nov 16, 2014

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

Sky is moon-free for 2014 Leonid shower on the mornings of November 17 and 18. This is a post-midnight shower! Mornings, not evenings, are the time to watch.

In 2014, use the dazzling planet Jupiter to help you locate the radiant for the Leonid meteors.  Before dawn just look for the brightest "star."  That'll be Jupiter.  The radiant is nearby.
Tonight | Nov 16, 2014

Try for Leonid meteors before dawn November 17

The peak nights for the 2014 Leonid meteor shower come on November 16-17 and 17-18.

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Tonight | Nov 14, 2014

Looking out our Milky Way galaxy’s south window

Every November, use the Great Square in Pegasus to visualize looking southward from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.

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Tonight | Nov 13, 2014

Watch for last quarter moon and Jupiter before dawn

Both the moon and planet Jupiter reach what is called “western quadrature” on the same date: November 14. No wonder Jupiter is near the moon around now!

Pleiades star cluster, aka the Seven Sisters.
Tonight | Nov 12, 2014

Pleiades star cluster: Famous Seven Sisters

Frosty November is often called the month of the Pleiades, because it’s when this star cluster – sometimes called the Seven Sisters – shines from dusk until dawn.

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Tonight | Nov 12, 2014

Start watching for Jupiter near moon, late night to dawn

Starting on the night of November 12-13, 2014, watch the waning moon as it sweeps past the brightest planet up there this month, Jupiter.