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The Sky This Month - December 2013

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Sun, 2013/12/01

Comet ISON’S Last Gasp

The last few days of November saw a combination of excitement and disappointment. It all began with fourteen months of hype and anticipation of how Comet ISON might perform on the November 28 showdown between fire and ice. Its path would take the comet through the upper atmosphere of the Sun – a mere 1.3 million kilometres above the hellish surface. As the hours ticked off on that faithful morning, ISON was in the home stretch of its solar rendezvous and was brightening to a healthy magnitude -1.

The Sky This Month - November 2013 - Featuring Comet ISON

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What has been the buzz in the astronomical community for the past year is now in the home stretch. Discovered on Sept 21, 2012, Comet ISON was first though to be a daytime comet with an estimated magnitude -16, when it rounds the Sun at a very close distance on Nov 28. But recent observations now paint a slightly different picture. All comets are a bit of a mystery and seems to have a mind of their own - ISON is no different.

The Sky This Month - October 2013

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The Sea Goat

With shorter days we see the sun now set before 7 p.m. locally and those pesky mosquitoes are all but gone. When you add these factors, October is a great month to be outdoors and doing what we all love to do. We first start off with the sinking Milky Way in the south. The famous Teapot of Sagittarius is touching the horizon around midnight but you still have a good four hours at the beginning of the month before that occurs.

The Sky This Month - October 2013

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The Sea Goat

With shorter days we see the sun now set before 7 p.m. locally and those pesky mosquitoes are all but gone. When you add these factors, October is a great month to be outdoors and doing what we all love to do. We first start off with the sinking Milky Way in the south. The famous Teapot of Sagittarius is touching the horizon around midnight but you still have a good four hours at the beginning of the month before that occurs.

The Sky This Month - September 2013

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Look High To The Eagle In The Sky


Where has the time gone? We are already into September. And it is this time of year we can start observing about 8:30 p.m. local time. As we begin our observing run, the famous Summer Triangle greets us high overhead. The three suns that make up this asterism are Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp, Deneb in the Cygnus the Swan and Altair in Aquila the Eagle and is the starting point for this month’s article.

The Sky This Month - August 2013

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Thu, 2013/08/01

Mysterious Ophiuchus

The Sky This Month - July 2013

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Mon, 2013/07/01

Our Home Galaxy

The Sky This Month - June 2013

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Mon, 2013/06/03

Bootes - The Herdsman

The Sky This Month - March 2013

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Tue, 2013/03/05

Getting Ready For Comet PanSTARRS

The Sky This Month - January 2013

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Crispy Cold Nights

Happy New Year everyone. As I wrote a few months ago, 2013 will be the year of brilliant comets including C/2012 S1. If the predictions hold, the comet will be a binocular object in August and moving up to naked eye status by November when it peaks at month’s end. Astronomers estimate C/2012 S1 will outshine the full moon thus becoming the brightest comet in history and be seen during the day. Only time will tell and is still many months away.

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