Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT 3-14-13 - Moon, Jupiter and More

Hey Space Placers!

Spring has sprung here in the DC area and tonight promises to be clear and beautiful. For North America and Europe tonight's skies in the west will be a treat as the crescent Moon (complete with Earthshine) will be near Jupiter and some open star clusters.

Twilight view of Moon, Jupiter, and Pleiades
Night by night this weekend, the waxing crescent Moon marches up past stars and bright Jupiter. Illustration is free for use anywhere if you include a link to

(The scene is drawn for the middle of North America. In Europe, move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. In the Far East, move it halfway.)
This is a good photo opportunity as well so get out with your camera, use a tripod and take exposures 
at 400 to 800 ISO of several seconds in a dark sky that has a tinge of dusk left or wait until it is 
completely dark.
You can see the parade of winter stars in the south with Orion, and Sirius, the brightest star in the night 
sky. The star of spring, Arcturus, is over in the east and is the brightest star in that region of the sky.
Read More about tonight's sky here: 

Enjoy the sky!

Sky Guy in VA

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