Fireworks Astronomy

A very tender crescent moon will reward keen-eyed skywatchers tonight July 4. Look low in the northwestern sky right over the sunset point around 9:45-10 p.m. — created with Stellarium Many of you will try to get an early seat for the fireworks tonight, so why not do a little astronomy while you wait? If you’re fortunate enough to be…
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Groovin’ With Zubenelgenubi

Find the dim constellation of Libra in the southern sky to the right of the Scorpion between 10:30 p.m. and midnight in early July. — created with Stellarium The constellation of Scorpius the Scorpion is one we’ve met before. It’s located low in the southern sky around 10:30 p.m. when it’s dark enough for the stars…
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July Planet Lollapalooza

A tableau of evening celestial alignments in the next five days. — created with Stellarium Take a look at the musical chair game going on in the sky over the next five nights. All you need to watch the fun is a wide open view toward the western horizon. Try to find a spot without…
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Planetary Antics

The trio of Saturn, Mars and Regulus hang together low in the west around 10:15 p.m. during twilight tonight July 1. — created with Stellarium I’ve returned to Duluth after dropping a couple degrees in latitude.My daughters and I toured colleges in LaCrosse and Eau Claireover the past few days. It was nice to find…
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Something Easy, Something Hard, Something Early

Back in April we looked at the sky’s most famous double star, the pair of Mizar and Alcor in the bend of the Big Dipper’s Handle. They’re still out and make a good place to start for some summer star splitting. Most people find it relatively easy to split the two. First locate the Big Dipper…
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