Rabbit In The Moon

The moon is the hub of an enormous spoke-like figure composed of five bright stars and the planet Saturn tonight (Feb. 7). The pattern covers a huge swath of the sky stretching from east to south. To give you an idea of scale, the moon is three outstretched fists from Sirius. This map is drawn for 10…
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Dog Star Nights

My dog meets the Dog Star Sirius last night under bright moonlight. Sirius heads up the constellation of Canis Major the Greater Dog. Photo: Bob King I have a certain fondness for Sirius, the Dog Star, because I like dogs. It’s that simple. Last night the gibbous moon floated near the top of the sky…
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Luring In The Lulin

A halo rings the gibbous moon Wednesday night, caused by refraction of moonlight by the ice crystals in cirrostratus clouds. Photos: Bob King The clouds revved up and left the scene late last night, but in their departure they tossed a hula hoop around the moon. That was a good sign for morning observing, when I…
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The Astronomer’s Scalpel

The star Antares is covered by Saturn’s rings last January. As the Cassini spacecraft watched from 336,000 miles away, the rings moved in front of the star, revealing their detailed structure to its pinpoint eye. Credit: NASA/JPL One last word on occultations. You might be wondering when the moon will next cover the Seven Sisters…
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News Of The Occult; A Venus Pillar

Just got back in from watching the occultation of four of the Seven Sisters by the moon. First, it was cold. Second, it was much harder to see in binoculars than I’d thought. The dimmer ones were swamped by moonlight when they were close to the moon. I did follow the brightest one, Maia, right…
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