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How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.
How to spot the radiant point for the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, going on now. Plus … why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.
It’s time to watch meteors. The Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor showers always get rolling around now. Most important … find a dark sky.
Binoculars reveal Epsilon Lyrae as a double star – two stars in one. A telescope shows that each component star is also a double. The double double star!
From most of North America, the moon and star Aldebaran will appear a hair’s-breadth apart. From Texas, Mexico or Central America, the moon will cover Aldebaran.
Three of the 5 planets are easy to see. Two aren’t so easy. Charts and info here that can help you see all 5 planets together in late July and early August, 2016.
Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.
The moon reaches perigee – its closest point to Earth – once each month. Today’s perigee is the most distant one of 2016.
Orion the Hunter – the most noticeable of constellations – returns to the east before dawn in each year at this time.
Outburst – perhaps 200 meteors an hour – predicted for 2016 Perseid meteor shower. Peak night August 11-12, but watch on the nights leading up to the peak, too.
Delta Aquarid shower officially began mid-July. Nominal peak July 28 or 29. The shower is long and rambling. If you watch the Perseids in August, you’ll see Delta Aquarids then, too.
The constellation Scutum has just 4 noticeable stars, and even those require a dark sky.
Look for the waning gibbous moon late at night. It might look strangely oblong. Or look for it in the west in early morning, floating against the pale blue sky.
You need a dark country sky to see these small constellations in and about the Summer Triangle: Vulpecula the Fox, Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.
In the east, after dark on July evenings, look for the bright star Altair fairly close to the horizon. Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.
Deneb is the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle asterism. Its constellation Cygnus the Swan flies along the starlit trail of the Milky Way.
The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars in three different constellations. The brightest is Vega in the constellation Lyra.
One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “
You may know that the sun enters the sign Cancer every year at the June solstice. The sun enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.
You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?
Earth’s shadow, sea and land