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This Week's Sky at a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance
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Tonight's Sky: March 2013 - Constellations - Deep Sky Objects - Planets and Events HD | Space (Before It's News) Fair use Notice: What horrors will YOU likely face after a cave-in of YOUR nation’s economy, war, geophysical upheaval, or whatever crisis is bad enough to disturb or stop YOUR nation from working and functioning? There are plenty of very potential SHTF events that are simply awaiting a catalyst to trigger them…- SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You… Privacy Matters… This may be old news, but I am, pardon the expression, sick and tired, of the expression “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about…” etc. etc. To which I emphatically declare: Hell Yes You Do! Tonight’s Sky: March 2013 – Constellations – Deep Sky Objects – Planets and Events HD Published on Mar 5, 2013 Grab a telescope, binoculars, or just a lawn chair and head out to the backyard for a night of cosmic sightseeing. All shows take place from the vantage of the Northern Hemisphere.

Night Sky: Visible Planets, Moon Phases & Events, July 2013 The night sky tonight and on any clear night offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects you can see, from stars and constellations to bright planets, often the moon, and sometimes special events like meteor showers. Observing the night sky can be done with no special equipment, although a sky map can be very useful, and a good beginner telescope or binoculars will enhance some experiences and bring some otherwise invisible objects into view. You can also use astronomy accessories to make your observing easier. Below, find out what’s up in the night sky tonight (Planets Visible Now, Moon Phases, Observing Highlights This Month) plus other resources (Skywatching Terms, Night Sky Observing Tips and Further Reading). The night sky is more than just the moon and stars, if you know when and where to look.Credit: Karl Tate/ Monthly skywatching information is provided to by Geoff Gaherty of Starry Night Education, the leader in space science curriculum solutions.

Tonight Tonight’s chart shows Polaris and the Big and Little Dippers for a September evening. You can use the Big Dipper to find Polaris, which is also known as the North Star. Notice that a line from the two outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper points to Polaris. And notice that Polaris marks the tip of the handle of the Little Dipper. The northern sky is a large clock, with Polaris at its center. The hour hand is a line drawn through Dubhe and Merak, the two pointer stars of the Big Dipper. The Big and Little Dippers: All you need to know EarthSky astronomy kits are perfect for beginners. View larger. | Keith Breazeal’s photo of a meteor streaking past the Big Dipper during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower. The Big Dipper swings full circle – 360 degrees – around Polaris in about 23 hours and 56 minutes. If you’re in the northern U.S., Canada or at a similar latitude, the Big Dipper is circumpolar for you – always above the horizon.

Night skies dazzle at these national parks National parks are ideal destinations for those who appreciate the splendor of a glittering nighttime sky – away from street lights, billboards and neon signs. The National Park Service in 2006 adopted a policy to "preserve, to the greatest extent possible, the natural lightscapes of parks, which are natural resources and values that exist in the absence of human-caused light." Many units of the Park Service, especially those in the western USA, enjoy remote locations where starlight isn't obscured by artificial light. MORE: National Park guides for all 50 statesMORE: 10 best national park campsites across the USAMORE: National Park lodging for under $100 per night We have traveled the national parks for more than 40 years and some of our most memorable experiences are related to night-sky activities. A number of national parks are particularly attractive for travelers who long to experience a sparkling nocturnal sky. Acadia National Park, Maine. Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart Your Sky by John Walker Welcome to Your Sky, the interactive planetarium of the Web. You can produce maps in the forms described below for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing location. If you enter the orbital elements of an asteroid or comet, Your Sky will compute its current position and plot it on the map. Each map is accompanied by an ephemeris for the Sun, Moon, planets, and any tracked asteroid or comet. A control panel permits customisation of which objects are plotted, limiting magnitudes, colour scheme, image size, and other parameters; each control is linked to its description in the help file. Your Sky provides three ways to view the sky with links, where appropriate, among the various presentations. Sky Map The sky map shows the entire sky as viewed from a given location at a specified time and date. Horizon Views Horizon Views, showing the stars above the horizon as seen from a specified observing site at a given date and time. The Virtual Telescope Your Sky help Related Software

Seeing in the Dark . Explore the Sky . Your Sky Tonight Our star chart is designed to get you out learning the night sky within a matter of moments. Just set it for your time and location, make a few tweaks if you like for personal taste, and print it out. For stargazing, pick a location that's as free as possible from bright local lights, and give yourself at least half an hour outdoors so that your vision becomes fully dark-adapted. (This can take 15 to 20 minutes for adults, somewhat less for children.) Red light allows you to consult your printed, personalized star chart without damaging your night vision: Click here for tips on how to quickly and temporarily adapt an ordinary household flashlight for this purpose. It's also easy to customize the star chart for use with binoculars or a small telescope. First, check your location. Then pick a direction. Field of view: Our chart defaults to a naked-eye field, so if you're learning constellations or spotting planets, leave the chart on that setting.

12 Month Sky Map Index All sky maps are used to located stars and other objects in the sky for a certain date, time and observing location. Just like the Sun moves across the sky during the day the stars will move across the sky during the night. Most of the stars will rise in the east and set in the west. The northern stars will circle the Polars in a counterclock wise direction. Therefore, different sky maps are use through out the night to indicated the positions of the stars. These sky maps were created to show the entire sky and fill a printed page. Clicking on the star map shows a more detail constellation sky map. These sky maps only show stars and not any planets because planets do not repeat their positions in the sky on a yearly basis as do the stars. To determine the circle sky map to use select the month/date that is nearest to your observing date and then select the closest observing time. The below table is another way to determine which sky map to use.

Everything you need to know: Start watching for Comet PANSTARRS now | Space Update on April 5, 2013: If you live at mid-northern latitudes or farther north, you can still catch Comet PANSTARRS in binoculars. EarthSky’s sky blogger Bruce McClure, in northern New York, saw Comet PANSTARRS with binoculars in both the morning and evening sky on April 4. And again saw the comet in the April 5 morning sky. The charts below – designed for April 2013 – show the comet’s location for April 3 and April 15. Use the constellation Cassiopeia to locate Comet PANSTARRS and the Andromeda galaxy in the first two weeks of April 2013. Use the constellation Cassiopeia to find Comet PANSTARRS in the morning sky before dawn (100 to 75 minutes before sunrise). By the way, there’s a second, brighter comet due to arrive on the scene later this year. A few tips on finding Comet PANSTARRS in the evening sky Photo of the Comet PANSTARRS and the Andromeda galaxy taken around midnight April 4-5 by Timothy Boocock in Trysil, Norway. Try star-hopping. Look below for more about Comet PANSTARRS.

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