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Planetary Dance In The Sunset Sky
2013-05-24 04:15:11

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Sunset Triangle ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Fans of stargazing are in for a treat this weekend. Over the next several days the planets, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury will approach each other in the fading sunlight to form a triple conjunction — where three bodies appear to converge in the sky. The events will culminate on the evening of the 26th, and will appear to form a triangle just above the horizon....

Christmas Light Show And The Christmas Star
2012-12-24 06:42:51

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Christmas Sky Show ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What Christmas celebration could be complete without beautiful lights? This Christmas, the light show will not just be in your neighbor's yard, but in the sky as well. On the evening of December 25, Jupiter and the Moon are having a Christmas conjunction, which will be visible around the globe. Normally cut off from astronomical displays because of light pollution, even city...

Image 1 - Venus Invades the Pleiades
2012-04-03 03:00:29

Watch out Seven Sisters, Venus is coming. This week the second planet from the sun will pass directly in front of the Pleiades star cluster. It's a rare sunset conjunction that's easy to find with the unaided eye, but best seen through binoculars or a small telescope. The action began on Monday evening, April 2nd, when Venus enters the outskirts of the little dipper-shaped asterism. Look west at sunset for Venus--it's the brightest thing around--then scan the area using binoculars. The...

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2012-03-14 15:47:00

Skywatchers are in for a real treat this week as Jupiter, Venus and other objects in the solar system put on a spectacular nighttime show. Venus and Jupiter, which have been dancing toward each other in the night sky for weeks, were at their closest point on Monday and Tuesday evenings, appearing to be just three degrees apart shortly after Sunset in the western sky, astronomers said. The two planets are actually separated by inconceivable distances, but appeared to be almost rubbing...

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2012-03-13 11:06:27

If you have noticed an unusual conjunction of lights in the night sky lately, you are not seeing alien craft coming to whisk you away, you are seeing a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter and it makes for an amazing view in the heavens. The two planets are 450 million miles apart in space, but because they are aligned in the same direction from Earth they are appearing to be almost within touching distance of each other, reports The Telegraph. They will appear very bright and relatively...

The Night After Christmas Sky Show
2011-12-24 05:24:07

T'was the Night after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring ... ...because everyone was outside watching the planets align? It's true. On Dec. 26th, the night after Christmas, Venus and the slender crescent Moon will gather for a jaw-dropping conjunction in the western sky. The action begins shortly before sunset. Around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm local time, just as the sky is assuming its evening hue, Venus will pop into view, glistening bright in the deepening...

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2010-05-08 12:35:00

Looking for a great Mother's Day gift? Your search is over. Mom wants a wakeup call. At dawn on Sunday, May 9th - Mother's Day - the crescent Moon and Jupiter are getting together for a lovely conjunction. Only 5 degrees of arc will separate the two bright celestial delights as they hang together in the sunrise-colored sky. Mom doesn't even have to go outside. A glance out any east facing window will frame the show quite nicely: finder chart. It may be worth noting how much more you can see...

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2010-01-26 14:30:00

It rises in the east at sunset, pumpkin-orange and brighter than a first magnitude star. You stare at it, unblinking. Unblinking, it stares right back. It is Mars. This week Earth and Mars are having a close encounter. On Jan. 27th, the Red Planet will be only 99 million kilometers away and look bigger through a telescope than at any time between 2008 and 2014. The planet's 14-arcsecond diameter will remain essentially unchanged for another week or so, setting the stage for some good...

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2009-07-17 11:30:44

The SCIAMACHY sensor on ESA's Envisat satellite has provided scientists with invaluable data on our planet, allowing them to map global air pollution and the distribution of the most important greenhouse gases. Earlier this year, its sights were set on our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. In March and June, SCIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography) captured visible and near-infrared spectra of sunlight reflected by Venus. These observations, acquired from a...

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2009-04-17 13:00:00

Picture this: It's 4:30 in the morning. You're up and out before the sun. Steam rises from your coffee cup, floating up to the sky where a silent meteor streaks through a crowd of stars. A few minutes later it happens again, and again. A meteor shower is underway. One of the streaks leads to the eastern horizon. There, just above the tree line, Venus and the crescent Moon hover side by side, so close together they almost seem to touch. Suddenly, Venus wavers, winks, and disappears. All of...


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Positional Astronomy -- Positional astronomy is the study of the positions of celestial objects. This is the oldest branch of astronomy and dates back to antiquity. Observations of celestial objects are important for religious and astrological purposes, as well as for timekeeping. Ancient structures associated with positional astronomy include: -- Chichn Itz -- The Medicine Wheel -- The Pyramids -- Stonehenge -- The Temple of the Sun The unaided human eye can...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Venus is the second planet from the sun. It is often called the evening star or morning star and is brighter than any object in the sky except the sun and the moon. Because its orbit lies between the sun and the orbit of the earth, Venus passes through phases like those of the moon, varying from a large bright crescent when the planet is near inferior conjunction (nearest the earth) to a smaller silvery disk when it is at superior conjunction (farthest from the earth). Since...

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Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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