The 2016 Winter Solstice

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The solstice is upon us, and for readers in the Northern Hemisphere, this means winter is coming. Astronomically, tonight ushers in the winter season as the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night and shortest day of the whole year.  The solstice occurs at the exact moment when the Northern Hemisphere …

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Monday’s Unique Supermoon Won’t Repeat for Another 18 Years

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The Moon will appear slightly larger on Monday, November 14th in a phenomenon appropriately called a “supermoon”. The last time a supermoon as large as Monday’s happened was in 1948.  If you miss this opportunity, you’ll have to wait 18 years to witness the Moon’s exceptionally grandeur appearance. A supermoon …

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This Week’s Sky: September 25th-October 2nd

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Sunday, September 25th: Venus will rise low in the west-southwest horizon about a half-hour after sunset. The Andromeda galaxy can be spotted using the constellation Cassiopeia as a reference, using the lower right vertex of the constellation’s W-shaped formation as an arrow pointing towards the galaxy.  The Moon is 28% …

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This Week’s Sky: August 22nd-27th

Monday, August 22nd:  Jupiter and Venus continue their close dance in the sky. After sunset they rise 6˚ apart due west.  Venus is the the right of Jupiter.  We can’t forget about Mercury, positioned 4˚ to Jupiter’s lower left.  The Moon is 83% visible as a waning gibbous, with moonrise …

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