Aldebaran To Dance Along The Moon’s Edge Saturday Night

A telescope or pair of binoculars might be nice, but you may not even need them Saturday night (March 4) to watch the half-moon approach and then dramatically snatch Aldebaran from the sky. This wonderful event, called on occultation, happens during convenient evening viewing hours across much of the U.S. and Central America. From the tippy tops of…
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More Power To The Moon Or How To See Aldebaran In Daylight

The moon’s always up to something. We’ll watch it wax this week from crescent to better than half, all the while moving to the east as it orbits the Earth. After last night’s pleasing double conjunction with the planets Venus and Mars, all’s quiet on the sky stage until this Sunday, Feb. 5. That day,…
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Almost-Full Moon Rolls Over Aldebaran Tonight

As a warm-up to tomorrow night’s meteor shower, how about an occultation appetizer? Tonight, the one-day-before-full moon will cover Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus the Bull. Skywatchers across the U.S., Canada and even Europe can watch the moon slowly move across the Hyades star cluster before it occults the bright star. For many, this all…
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Moon Sideswipes Aldebaran In A Spectacular Occultation Tonight

Late tonight and early tomorrow morning, the waning gibbous moon will occult Aldebaran, the bloodshot eye of Taurus the Bull. This wonderfully orange-red giant star is the brightest in the constellation and 14th brightest in the night sky. An occultation occurs when the moon, moving eastward in its orbit around the Earth, slides over and…
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One-Two Solar Punch Could Ignite Auroras Aug. 2

A blast of solar plasma coupled with a gust of particles from a coronal hole has left the gate and is now racing toward Earth. NOAA space weather forecasters in Boulder, Col. are predicting that the duo of duo of subatomic solar exhalations will reach our planet sometime tomorrow morning (Aug. 2) and initiate a…
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