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Abrams Planetarium Night Sky Notes

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A brief description of the night sky.

Night Sky Note for December 5, 2013
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5 December 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is to the upper right of Venus. Look to the southwest an hour after sunset.

Night Sky Note for December 4, 2013
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4 December 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is to the lower right of Venus. Look to the southwest an hour after sunset.

Night Sky Note for December 3, 2013
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3 December 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Mercury is 10 degrees to the lower left of Saturn. Look to the ESE 45 minutes before sunrise. Mars is 50 degrees to the upper right of Saturn. Jupiter is shining bright in the west in the mornings sky.

Night Sky Note for December 2, 2013
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2 December 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Venus is shining bright in the evening sky. Look to the southwest after sunset. Can you see the crescent shape in binoculars?

Night Sky Note for December 1, 2013
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1 December 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The old Moon is between Saturn and Mercury. If comet ISON survived its encounter with the Sun. ISON will be to the lower left of Mercury. Look to the ESE 40 minutes before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 30, 2013
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30 November 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Look for Mercury and Saturn and the waning crescent Moon low in the ESE 45 minutes before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 29, 2013
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29 November 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
The crescent Moon is very close to the star Spica at dawn. During the day, the Moon occults the star.

Night Sky Note for November 28, 2013
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28 November 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Comet ISON passes 725,000 miles from the surface of the Sun. If it survives its cooking, we may see it in a week or so in the morning sky. Watch for news about the comet at spaceweather.com

Night Sky Note for November 27, 2013
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27 November 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The waning crescent Moon is near Mars. Look high in the SSE an hour before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 26, 2013
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26 November 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Saturn and Mercury are 0.7 degrees apart. Look ESE 40 minutes before sunrise. Comet ISON is at perihelion, closest to the Sun, in two days.

Night Sky Note for November 24, 2013
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25 November 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturn and Mercury are 0.8 degrees apart. Look ESE 40 minutes before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 24, 2013
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24 November 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturn and Mercury are 2 degrees apart. Comet ISON is to the lower right of Saturn. Look ESE 40 minutes before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 23, 2013
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23 November 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Mercury and Saturn are 3 degrees apart. The two planets pass each other on Tuesday when they are about a half a degree apart. Look to the ESE an hour before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 22, 2013
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22 November 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Saturn is less than 5 degrees to the lower left of Mercury. Look to the ESE an hour before sunrise. Comet ISON is about 5 degrees to the upper right of Mercury.

Night Sky Note for November 21, 2013
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21 November 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Moon and Jupiter rise in the ENE about 3.5 hours after sunset.

Night Sky Note for November 20, 2013
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20 November 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Four planets are part of the morning sky; Saturn, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Comet ISON, Comet Lovejoy, Comet Encke and Comet Linear are also visible in the morning sky. Binoculars or telescopes may be needed for the comets. The Moon is also part of the morning sky.

Night Sky Note for November 19, 2013
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19 November 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Look for comet ISON in the morning sky. Look low in the ESE an hour before sunrise. ISON is about 6 degrees to the lower left of the star Spica and about 9 degrees to the upper right of Mercury. Saturn is 7.7 degrees to the lower left of Mercury.

Night Sky Note for November 18, 2013
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18 November 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Moon is between the Hyades and the Pleiades. Comet ISON is very close to the star Spica. Look for ISON in the predawn sky.

Night Sky Note for November 17, 2013
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17 November 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Leonid meteor shower peaks in the predawn hours, but the moonlight obscures the view of all but the brightest meteors.

Night Sky Note for November 16, 2013
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16 November 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Saturn is 10 degrees to the lower left of Mercury. Look to the ESE sky an hour before sunrise. The star Spica is to the upper right of Mercury. Comet ISON is above Spica and may be visible in binoculars.

Night Sky Note for November 15, 2013
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15 November 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
The nearly full Moon rises in the ENE about an hour before the sun sets in the WSW.

Night Sky Note for November 14, 2013
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14 November 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Jupiter rises in the ENE three hours and forty five minutes after sunset.

Night Sky Note for November 13, 2013
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13 November 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The Moon is near Uranus this evening. But the bright moonlight will make it hard to see. Wait a week or so for the Moon to move out of the way and then look for Uranus with a telescope.

Night Sky Note for November 12, 2013
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12 November 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Venus is in the “Teapot” of Sagittarius. Look for Venus in the SSW 45 minutes after sunset.

Night Sky Note for November 11, 2013
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11 November 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Mars is about 15 degrees to the lower left of Regulus. Look for Mars in the predawn sky. Comet ISON is below Mars and visible in a telescope. Comet Lovejoy is above Regulus and visible in binoculars.

Night Sky Note for November 10, 2013
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10 November 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Moon is near Neptune. Wait a few days for the Moon to away from this part of the sky and aim a telescope at Netpune.

Night Sky Note for November 9, 2013
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9 November 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Jupiter rises 4 hours after sunset. Look to the ENE.

Night Sky Note for November 8, 2013
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8 November 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Mercury is 10 degrees to the lower left of the star Spica. Look to the ESE 30 minutes before sunrise.

Night Sky Note for November 7, 2013
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7 November 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The crescent Moon is in the SSW sky an hour after sunset. Venus is to the lower right of the Moon.

Night Sky Note for November 6, 2013
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6 November 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Venus and the Moon are in the southwest an hour after sunset. Venus is to the lower left of the crescent Moon.

Night Sky Note for November 5, 2013
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5 November 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is low in the southwest an hour after sunset. Venus is to the upper left of the Moon.

Night Sky Note for November 4, 2013
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4 November 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
A young Moon is low in the WSW 35 minutes after sunset. Use binoculars. The star Antares is to the left of the Moon.

Night Sky Note for November 3, 2013
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3 November 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Hybrid Solar Eclipse happens before the sun rises for most of the USA. But for viewers along the east coast, the Sun will rise partially eclipsed.

Night Sky Note for November 2, 2013
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2 November 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
An old Moon is very low in the ESE 35 minutes before sunrise. Use binoculars.

Night Sky Note for November 1, 2013
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1 November 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
The thin crescent Moon is above the star Spica. Look to the ESE at dawn.

Night Sky Note for October 31, 2013
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31 October 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A thin crescent Moon is in the ESE at dawn. Venus is shining bright in the SSW at dusk.

Night Sky Note for October 30, 2013
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30 October 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The waning crescent Moon is below Mars at dawn. Look to the ESE.

Night Sky Note for October 29, 2013
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29 October 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Moon, Mars and Regulus form a triangle in the dawn sky. Look to the southeast.

Night Sky Note for October 28, 2013
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28 October 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
The crescent Moon is to the upper right of Regulus. Mars is to the lower left of Regulus. Look to the southeast at dawn.

Night Sky Note for October 27, 2013
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27 October 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Venus is still easily visible in the southwest early evening sky. Venus will remain part of the evening sky until January 2014.

Night Sky Note for October 26, 2013
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26 October 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Jupiter is to the upper right of the Last Quarter Moon. Look high in the sky at dawn.

Night Sky Note for October 25, 2013
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25 October 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Moon is close to Jupiter. Look for the pair in the early morning hours.

Night Sky Note for October 24, 2013
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24 October 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The waning gibbous Moon is inside the “winter circle” of stars.

Night Sky Note for October 23, 2013
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23 October 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Venus is 7.6 degrees to the upper left of Antares. Look to the southwest an hour after sunset.

Night Sky Note for October 22, 2013
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22 October 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The waning gibbous Moon is about 2 degrees to the upper right of Aldebaran at dawn.

Night Sky Note for October 21, 2013
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21 October 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Moon is about 7 degrees to the lower left of the Pleadies star cluster at dawn.

Night Sky Note for October 20, 2013
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20 October 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Venus is 4.6 degrees to the upper left of Antares. Look to the southwest 45 minutes after sunset.

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