Category Archives: Looking Up!

Mercury Transit – Monday May 9th

UPDATE – 5/9 @ 12:10 pm –  APL Astro Event CANCELLED due to inclement weather.  See http://www.nasa.gov/transit for great views! UPDATE – 5/9 @ 8:20 am  Weather not looking good.  You must be able to see distinct shadows for us … Read the rest of this entry

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Nova Delphini 2013

Shortly after the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, in the constellation Delphinus, not far from Sagitta, a naked-eye nova appeared. While not overly bright (it only got to maybe +4.2 mv?), it was bright enough to be seen with … Read the rest of this entry

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Looking Up July 2012

Sun: By mid-July, the sun rises just before 6 am EDT, and sets about 8:30 pm EDT. Moon phases: Full on July 3rd; third quarter on the 11th; new moon on the 19th; first quarter the 26th. On July 15, … Read the rest of this entry

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Looking Up June 2012

Summer solstice, the longest daylight of the year, occurs on June 21. This is also the shortest night of the year, a sadness for us northerly star gazers. Still, the weather is warm, the lightning bugs twinkle in the trees … Read the rest of this entry

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Looking Up May 2012

As we spin towards summer, the length of the day continues to increase, but more slowly. Early in May the sun rises about 6 am and sets about 8:10 pm; near the end of May it rises about 5:45 am … Read the rest of this entry

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Looking Up April 2012

Daylight hours continue to increase in April, as the Earth spins through spring towards summer. Early in the month (about April 4th) the sun will rise at 6:45 am EDT, and set by 7:36 pm.  Towards the end of the … Read the rest of this entry

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Looking Up March 2012

Daylight Savings Time starts March 11.  Spring Equinox occurs March 20 at 05:14 UT (1:14 am EDT).  The Moon is Full on March 8, and New on March 22. The evening sky is dominated by the constellations Orion and Canis … Read the rest of this entry

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