Stargazer October 2015 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 October 2015

2 Oct      High in the west before dawn, the moon is only ½ degree from Aldebaran. Orion is to the left.

7 Oct      High in the east before dawn, three planets and a bright star line up to the moon’s lower left. Venus is 1 fist-width below the moon, Regulus is 1 finger-width to Venus’ left, Mars is another fist-width to the lower left, and Jupiter is 2 finger-widths beyond Mars.

8 Oct      This morning the moon is less than 2 finger-widths to Venus’ upper right. Regulus is to Venus’ left.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.
Read More