Catch the Moon and Jupiter during Daytime

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 23, 2011 – 12:48 pm -

Us this skychart to locate Jupiter next to the Moon and watch the pair during daylight.

Use this skychart to locate Jupiter next to the Moon and watch the pair during daylight.

On June 24th, Sunday morning there is a rare opportunity to easily track down a planet in the sky during daylight. The king of all planets, Jupiter, will be on display  in the eastern sky after the Sun rises all thanks to the fact the gas giant will be parked near the quarter Moon.

My advice is to start watching the cosmic pair at dawn, about a half hour before your local sunrise. once you know where to look for the bright starlike Jupiter next to the Moon it should be fairly easy to know where to look during daylight. this will be a real challenge but see how long into the morning you can continue to keep an eye on Jupiter. Can you spot it with just your naked eyes in the blue sky?

You may want to try scanning the region with binoculars – but beware be EXTREMELY CAREFUL NEVER TO LOOK AT THE SUN!

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Neptune Discovered One Year Ago?

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 12, 2011 – 5:03 pm -

Today, Neptune has arrived at the same location in space where it was discovered nearly 165 years ago – one year ago, Neptune time. While Neptune slogged around the Sun over the last 165 years, a lot has happened on Earth in that span of time. This video chronicles some of the major events that occurred on this planet during a single Neptune orbit.

Video Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon and M. Estacion (STScI)

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Kamikaze comet streaks in front of Sun

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 7, 2011 – 3:32 pm -

THere may be trillions of comets in our solar system but there is one less today. Check out this really cool video of a wayward comet that streaked the sun before plunging to its death. Solar watching satellites like NASA’s solar Dynmaics Observatory have been keeping an eye on solar activity for years now, and there have been many times where the cameras have caught comets diving into our star- they call them sungrazers. But what the cameras caught on July 5th was something different. We have never really seen the end game – the final moments of a comet’s life before it gets incinerated by the heat of the Sun. Now wwe have a glimpse of what happens in those final moments.

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