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Star Date – January 2015

by Craig Linde MOON & PLANETS Jupiter rises early enough so that it is visible high in the east before midnight and high in the south after midnight. The highlight of the month appears low in the southwest in the twilight sky just after sunset. Venus and Mercury form a strikingly close pair for the […]

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Star Date – December 2014

by Craig Linde MOON & PLANETS Jupiter rises well before midnight and is high in the south before first light. Mars remains visible in the south-southwest after sunset all month long due to its eastward movement. Very low in the southwest, Venus starts to climb out of the sun’s glare. In the last week of […]

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Star Date – October 2014

MOON & PLANETS — Venus rises just a half-hour before the sun as October opens and becomes lost in the sun’s glare before mid-month. Late in the month, Mercury becomes visible climbing out of the sun’s glare. By month’s end, it will be much brighter and easier to spot. Jupiter is now rising several hours before […]

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Star Date – September 2014

MOON & PLANETS – Mars and Saturn are low in the southwest after sunset in the late twilight sky. During September, Mars moves eastward into Scorpius as Saturn remains in the southwest and loses some altitude. In the morning twilight, Jupiter climbs higher each day while Venus loses altitude. Venus rises just before the sun by […]

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Star Date: December 2009

By: Craig Linde Moon & Planets—Jupiter is the only planet present in the evening sky. It is in the south after sunset and sets around midnight. Mars rises before midnight and will be getting high in the south by first light. Saturn rises a few hours before sunrise and is up in the southeast by dawn. […]

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Star Date: November 2009

By: Craig Linde Moon & Planets—Jupiter is the only planet present in the evening sky. It is in the south after sunset and sets around midnight. Mars rises before midnight and will be getting high in the south by first light. Saturn rises a few hours before sunrise and is up in the southeast by dawn. […]

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Star Date: October 2009

By: Craig Linde Moon & Planets—Jupiter is in the south shortly after darkness falls and by 1:00 a.m. is low in the southwest. Mars rises just after 1:00 a.m. and is located below and more or less aligned with the twin stars of Castor and Pollux in Gemini. The last quarter moon is by this trio […]

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Star Date: September 2009

Moon & Planets—Jupiter is low in the southeast as darkness falls, and by midnight is very apparent in the due south. The morning sky before first light however, is where most of the planetary activity takes place this month. Mars rises after midnight and is becoming more noticeable due to its slow brightening over the […]

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Star Date: August 2009

Moon & Planets—Saturn is very low in the west in the evening twilight and sets as darkness falls. During the first two weeks of August it is also just possible to glimpse even lower Mercury shortly after sunset. Jupiter is at opposition this month so it will be rising at sunset. The moon is full […]

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Star Date: July 2009

Moon & Planets—Saturn is low in the west after sunset, and by mid-month, sets before midnight. Jupiter is becoming the most prominent planet to view as it rises around midnight and rides high in the south by first light. It also is increasing slightly in brightness as it moves toward opposition next month. Mars and […]

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Star Date: June 2009

Moon & Planets—Saturn is high in the southwest after sunset and lingers above the western horizon in the long June twilight before finally setting after 2:00 a.m. Mars and Venus are the main attraction in the morning sky. This pair tightens as June progresses, with dim Mars moving from below bright Venus to above it. […]

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Star Date: May 2009

Moon & Planets—Mercury is visible in the west-northwest as May opens. However, the speedy planet soon disappears from view in just a few days, as it sets earlier each night in the bright twilight. Saturn is located in Leo and is high in south as darkness falls, setting well after midnight. The moon is just […]

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Star Date: April 2009

Moon & Planets—April is the first month in a while in which all five of the visible planets can be seen. Saturn is high in the southeast after sunset and moves across the sky all nightlong. Jupiter is up in the southeast by sunrise with brighter Venus just risen in the due east. Below Venus […]

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Star Date: March 2009

by Craig Linde Moon & Planets—Venus is still the brightest object in the evening sky as March opens. It is heading for the sun, however, so it is setting earlier each night. By month’s end, it is no longer an evening object, but becomes a morning one as it passes between the earth and the sun. […]

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Star Date: February 2009

Moon & Planets—Venus definitely is the most prominent planet this month. Shining at its brightest, it remains up in the west for three to four hours after sunset. The thin crescent moon is only two degrees away from Venus on the evening of the 27th, creating a spectacular sight. Saturn is the only other planet […]

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