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March 26, 2018
April opens with Mars and Saturn paired in the predawn sky. On the move eastward, Mars passes a mere 1.3 degrees below Saturn on the 2nd. Just 25 days later, the gap has widened to 13 degrees, and Mars keeps right on going. Minnesota Starwatch
Minnesota Starwatch for April 2018
March 26, 2018 - 11:00am
February 25, 2018
The first full moon arrives at 6:51 p.m. on the 1st, barely an hour after moonrise and just a couple of days after perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a lunar cycle. This means it’ll rise about as round and luminous as any full moon gets. Minnesota Starwatch
Minnesota Starwatch for March 2018
February 25, 2018 - 8:00am
November 28, 2017
In the evening sky, the familiar winter constellations are now making their grand entrance over the eastern horizon; all will be up by 10 p.m. Leading the way is the Pleiades star cluster, followed by, counter-clockwise from the top: Auriga, the charioteer; the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux; Canis Minor, the little dog; Canis Major, the big dog, which boasts Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky; Orion, the hunter; and Taurus, the bull. Minnesota Starwatch
December's astronomy gift; a 'Supermoon' - Minnesota Starwatch for December 2017
November 28, 2017 - 7:00am
September 30, 2017
The full harvest moon rises the evening of the 5th. Also in the evening, the Great Square of Pegasus rides high in the southeast or south. Below it, the Circlet of Pisces is fun to find, and that lone bright star low in the south is Fomalhaut, the mouth of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish.
Minnesota Starwatch - October 2017: The Great Square of Pegasus rides high
September 30, 2017 - 7:00am
September 1, 2017
As the month goes on, the winter stars sweep westward; Venus drops toward the sun, rising later every morning; and the spring constellation Leo, the lion, becomes the planet's new starry companion. In mid-September, Mars and Mercury enter the morning sky over the eastern horizon. Mars is distant and dim, and it climbs slowly. But nearer, brighter Mercury, as usual, quickly pops (up) and drops. On the 16th, Mercury passes close to Mars in the sun's foreglow.
Minnesota Starwatch for Sept. 2017: Winter stars sweep westward
September 1, 2017 - 7:00am
February 25, 2017
Jupiter, a yellowish beacon, rises in the east during the evening hours. By month's end it'll clear the horizon less than an hour after sunset. The giant planet also dominates the predawn sky, shining below Arcturus, the bright anchor of Bootes, the herdsman. Meanwhile, in the south, Saturn hovers over the Teapot of Sagittarius, just to the left of the red star Antares, the heart of Scorpius. Minnesota Starwatch
Minnesota Starwatch March 2017: Look before mid-March to see Venus in full glory
February 25, 2017 - 4:30pm
January 27, 2017
In February the knot of bright winter constellations rides highest in the south during prime evening viewing hours. You might especially notice the two brightest stars in Orion (the hunter): Betelgeuse, in the northeast corner of the constellation; and Rigel, in the opposite corner. Both are gigantic stars that will end their days in a supernova explosion. And, of course, there's Sirius, just southeast of Orion in Canis Major, the larger of Orion’s hunting dogs. MN Starwatch graphic
Minnesota Starwatch: February packs a lot of celestial delights.
January 27, 2017 - 6:00pm
November 4, 2015
The first two weeks of November offer at least a few moon-free hours for enjoying the evening stars. Go out right after nightfall to catch Capricornus, a chevron-shaped constellation, in the southwest before it sets. Moving northeast, look for spidery Aquarius, then the Circlet of Pisces, and above it the Great Square of Pegasus, high in the south. Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Minnesota StarWatch for November 2015
November 4, 2015 - 2:07pm