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Meet The Full Pink Mini-Moon

Welcome to a special full moon week. Instead of a bigger-than-usual “supermoon”, tomorrow night’s full moon will be tiny. Relatively speaking. We get a “mini-moon” whenever the full moon occurs within a day or two of lunar apogee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it’s farthest from Earth. A supermoon, occurs when the full moon lies…
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Arcturus Flashes On April Nights

The western sky belongs the Mercury and the crescent moon this week, but several people have asked recently about “that bright star low in the eastern sky.”  It’s Arcturus! This flashing orange gem is the fourth brightest star in the nighttime sky and the brightest star north of the celestial equator. The celestial equator is an…
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What Would The Sky Look Like If Arcturus, Sirius Or Alpha Centauri Were Our Sun?

I was out walking the other night around 11 o’clock when I noticed a new bright star poking through the trees low in the northeastern sky. For a moment I couldn’t figure it out, and then it came to me. Arcturus. Arcturus is a traditional spring-early summer star as that’s when it’s highest in the…
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Mercurial Delights / Supernova In Spiral Galaxy M61 / Jupiter Spots

Scattered thin clouds took nothing away from this morning’s otherwise clear sky. With the Moon waxing from quarter to gibbous phase, the slab of darkness between moonset and dawn gets sliced thinner every day. Starting November 4th the Moon will light the sky all night and not give back the darkness till next weekend. I took…
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Hold My Hand As We Peer Into The Bootes Void

Most of us would consider Bootes the Bear Guard a spring constellation. That’s when it first appears in the eastern sky, following the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear as the snow drifts recede. Come fall, Bootes (Boh-OH-tease) and its bright luminary Arcturus recline in the west within spitting distance of the Dipper. Every…
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