Star Calendar 1-31 July 2015

Star calendar 1–31 July 2015

1 July   The equation of time is zero. Sun time and local mean time are the same.

4 July   High in the south before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is 4 finger-widths above or to the upper right of the moon. Aldebaran is the same distance to the left. At its greatest elongation 27.1 degrees east of the sun, Mercury sets nearly an hour after sunset.

5 July   The moon is to Aldebaran’s left this morning, and Orion the Hunter is not far below the moon. Follow a line through his belt 2 fist-widths to the lower left to the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. Mars and Venus stand side by side low in the east before dawn. Mars is less than 1 fist-width to Venus’ left.

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Stargazer for June 2015

Star calendar 1–30 June 2015

1 June   Saturn is two finger-widths to the moon’s upper right this evening.

2 June   Tonight Venus is a little more than 2 finger-widths to the left of Pollux, forming a straight line with the Gemini Twins. Antares and the moon rise a few minutes after sunset.

14 June   Before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is less than a fist-width to the moon’s upper left.

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May 2015 star calendar

Star calendar 1–31 May 2015

1 May   Tonight the moon is 2 finger-widths above Spica. Bright Arcturus is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s left. The Big Dipper is far to the upper left

2 May   The moon is to Spica’s lower left this evening.

3 May   High in the east at midnight, the full moon is midway between Spica, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Saturn, to the lower left.

4 May   The moon rises shortly after sunset and is followed a little more than a half-hour later by Saturn.

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April 2015 star calendar

Star calendar 1–30 April 2015

1 April   Early tonight, Regulus is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right high in the east, and Jupiter is another 1½ fist-widths beyond Regulus.

2 April   In the east, Jupiter, Regulus, the moon and Spica line up from upper right to lower left late tonight.

4 April   This morning brings a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse begins as the moon enters Earth’s umbra at 1015 UT. Totality runs from 1157 to 1202 UT, with the last shadow leaving the moon at 1345 UT. Less than half the eclipse will be visible on the East Coast, 75 percent on the West Coast and 100 percent in Western Alaska and Hawaii.

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March 2015 star calendar

Star calendar 1–31 March 2015

1 Mar    Just after sunset, the moon lies between Procyon, 1 fist-width to the right; the Gemini Twins, the same distance above; and Jupiter, farther to the lower left.

2 Mar    Jupiter and the moon rise 2½ hours before sunset. The nearly full moon will be easy to spot, but wait until nightfall to look for Jupiter 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

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Stargazer calendar December 2014

Star calendar 1–31 December

4 Dec    The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left or upper left tonight.

5 Dec    The brightest star in Taurus, Aldebaran, is 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left at dusk. [Binoculars]

6 Dec    By mid-evening, Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right, and Capella is 3 fist-widths to the upper left, with Pollux far below. Orion is to the moon’s lower right, with first-magnitude stars Betelgeuse 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and Rigel at the opposite corner beyond the belt.
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Farewell, Stargazer

Arnold Joseph Medalen
March 22, 1949–April 11, 2017

Arnold Medalen began writing articles about stargazing for The Ensign magazine in 1997, first as Modern Navigator and later as the Stargazer. In the 20 years he wrote for The Ensign, Arnold provided readers with a regular source of stargazing information and inspiration. He will be greatly missed.

Arnold leaves behind Patricia, his wife of nearly 47 years; his daughter, Shelly; two grandchildren, Josephine, 7, and Kenneth, 5; and two brothers, Charles of Riverside, California, and John of Campbell, California.

Arnold Medalen and Purcy

Arnold and Patricia met as teenagers on a blind date and were inseparable from that point on. They married on July 10, 1970. Arnold received his Bachelors of Science degree in biology the following June, and their daughter, Shelly, was born that September.

Not long after graduating, Arnold began working for E&J Gallo Winery as a lab tech and finished his 33-year career with Gallo as a senior winemaker.

In retirement, Arnold became a substitute teacher for the Sylvan School District in Modesto, California, teaching middle school math and science.

An avid boater, Arnold joined California’s San Joaquin Delta Power Squadron in 1986. In 1997 Arnold was awarded Boater of the Year for his contribution to safe boating education.

After selling their boat, Arnold and Patricia decided to try RV-ing. They purchased a 40-foot Monaco Windsor and took many trips, making sure to plan one big trip each year with granddaughter, Josephine. Together, Arnold, Patricia, Josephine, and Purcy the cat visited Yellowstone, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, and planned to travel to the Grand Canyon this summer.

Through his column, Arnold shared his love of astronomy with members for two decades, and we hope that when you view the total eclipse this August or anytime you look up at the stars, you will take just a moment to remember his contributions to United States Power Squadrons.

 Windows To The Universe
This is a great source for basic astronomy and mythology with information for beginner, intermediate and advanced stargazers of all ages.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This NASA site covers everything space, including information about spaceflight and astronomy.

Stargazing Basics from Sky & Telescope
This site is for those just getting started in stargazing as well as more experienced stargazers who want to expand their viewing experience.

Space.com
This site has a variety of information about news, space flight and other space topics.

U. S. Naval Observatory & Astronomical Applications Department
These sites will interest more advanced stargazers; they include rise and set times for the sun and moon, as well as moon phases, eclipses, seasons and other data.