Northern Skies

The Sky This Month - April 2019

Corvus The Crow

Follow the handle of the Big Dipper as it arcs or bends to the star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. Continue this imaginary curve to the first magnitude star Spica – alpha Virgo. At 250 light-years (ly) away, Spica shines 1,900 times more luminous than the Sun. It actually consists of two extremely hot B1 and B4 stars that are separated by a mere 0.12 astronomical units or 18 million kilometres.

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The Sky This Month - March 2019

Canis Major

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The Sky This Month - February 2019

Gemini Twins

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The Sky This Month - January 2019

The Total Lunar Eclipse

The year 2018 ended with two great celestial events. We had the Geminid meteor shower that peaked on the night of December 13/14 as well as the great appearance of Comet 46/P Wirtanen. The comet was closest to the earth on December 16 and was near the Pleiades star cluster. Wirtanen is now moving towards Ursa Major and fading rapidly.

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The Sky This Month - December 2018

Two Grand Events

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The Sky This Month - November 2018

Cassiopeia – The Queen

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The Sky This Month - October 2018

Fall Nights

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The Sky This Month - September 2018

Pegasus The Winged Horse

The constellation Pegasus is easily identified by its large square of stars. When rising in the east, it takes on the appearance of a giant baseball diamond. With 1,121 square degrees of sky, Pegasus ranks 7th in overall size. It is also one of the original constellations listed by the astronomer Ptolemy back in the 2nd century.

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The Sky This Month - August 2018

Draco The Dragon

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The Sky This Month - July 2018

The Milky Way and Big Bold Mars

Opposed to the Big Dipper that is seen all year round, Sagittarius the Archer appears low in the south skies for only a few months. With so many celestial objects to hunt down, we definitely have our work cut out.

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