Interplanetary Olympics Tonight

Find a location with a low horizon to the west tonight August 14, and see if you can spot all four planets to the left of the sunset point. Venus will be three "fingers" above the horizon. The best time to look for the compact trio is about 20 minutes after sunset. Mars will be visible some 15 minutes later as the sky darkens.…
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Celestial Portrait Session

The gibbous moon and Jupiter join hands in Sagittarius (the Teapot) tonight, August 13. We hope the clouds will part long enough to give us a window on the celestial scene. — created with Stellarium  As the moon fattens towards full phase this Saturday, it will buddy up with Jupiter this evening. Look southeast around 9:15 p.m. to find the…
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Get To Know The Celebrities

Stars are like people. They’re good at hiding their personal side unless you get to know them well. Take the three stars of the Summer Triangle — Vega, Deneb and Altair. They’re bright, white-colored stars that shine the same way the sun does. Deep in their blazingly hot cores, hydrogen atoms combine to create helium, releasing energy…
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The Flip Side Of Cygnus

An August 2007 Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in this time exposure photo — Photo: Mila Zinkova It sure looks dicey tonight for the Perseids meteor shower in northern Minnesota. I hope conditions are better for readers elsewhere. If the sky stays clear to partly cloudy early, it’s still worthwhile to keep an eye out.  Early evening Perseids stream in…
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Here Come The Perseids!

Despite a chilly wind off Lake Superior, the turnout was surprisingly good for the moon and planet show put on by members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society last night in Canal Park. The moon was crisply detailed with loads of ragged impact craters while Jupiter presented a more serene appearance. Three delicate, grey cloud belts…
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