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The Night Sky: August 2010 Last Updated on 2010-07-28 00:00:00 The Night Sky in August 2010 By Harry J. Augensen Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Widener University Moon’s Phases in Month   New Moon on the 9th               Full "Sturgeon" Moon on the 24th Stars and Constellations As night falls on clear August evenings, the first star to emerge is orange-yellow Arcturus, which stands high in the west about an hour or so after sunset. Arcturus, is an orange giant star lying 37 light years away from our solar system. This identification can be verified once it gets truly dark by first locating the Big Dipper, a part of the constellation Ursa Major, which is now dipping into the northwest. The two front stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper, Dubhe and Merak, point to Polaris, the North Star, while the arc of the Big Dipper’s handle... More »
The Night Sky: July 2010 Last Updated on 2010-07-01 00:00:00 The Night Sky in July 2010 By Harry J. Augensen Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Widener University Moon’s Phases in Month   New Moon on the 11th                       Full "Thunder" Moon on the 25th Stars and Constellations July evenings present significant challenges for stargazing, not only because they are often hazy but also since you have to wait until after 9 pm for the sky to become dark enough to make out the constellation patterns.  As twilight fades into night, you should still be able to spot a few of the bright stars of spring before they vanish into the evening twilight. Blue-white Regulus in Leo is moving toward the western horizon and sets around 10 pm in mid-July, followed a couple of hours later by similarly colored... More »
The Night Sky: June 2010 Last Updated on 2010-06-01 00:00:00 The Night Sky in June 2010 By Harry J. Augensen Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Widener University Moon’s Phases New Moon on the 12thFull "Strawberry Moon" on 26th                             Stars and Constellations Although summer officially begins this month, the stars of spring are still viewable during the early evening, including blue-white Regulus in the constellation Leo.  Regulus stands high in the southwest in early evening, and sets around midnight.  A star with similar color and brightness is Spica, which stands about halfway up in... More »
The Night Sky: May 2010 Last Updated on 2010-05-01 00:00:00 The Night Sky in May 2010 By Harry J. Augensen Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Widener University Moon’s Phases New Moon on the 13thFull "Flower Moon" on 27th                             Stars and Constellations Starlit nights in May are often pleasantly cool, with just a light jacket required for outdoor viewing.  But with the Sun setting around 8 pm or later during the month, you will need to wait until close to 9 pm for the sky to get dark enough to make out the constellations.   Get a last look at Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, Rigel and... More »
The Night Sky: April 2010 Last Updated on 2010-04-02 00:00:00 The Night Sky in April 2010 By Harry J. Augensen Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Widener University Moon’s Phases New Moon on the 14thFull "Pink Moon" on the 28th                             Stars and Constellations The month of April bids farewell to many of  the winter stars as they gradually disappear from view in the evening sky.  Aldebaran in Taurus and the nearby Pleiades cluster are now setting in the west, and will not... More »