Friday, November 18, 2011

Sky Watch Night Tour - Week of Nov 18 - 24, 2011

Take a sky tour to help you locate Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in the night sky this week. Also I have a solar system view that explains why Mercury appears to move westward when retrograde. I explain that the inferior conjunction of Mercury and Sun occurs at the midpoint of the retrograde period and the midpoint between the greatest eastern and western elongations. The greatest elongations are as far as Mercury can be from the Sun. The maximum greatest elongation Mercury can have is 28 degrees. This doesn’t mean he always gets to 28 degrees from the Sun at these times. For instance, Mercury’s greatest eastern elongation on November 14th was 22.74 degrees which is an orb of about 22:45 between the Sun & Mercury.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Sky Watch Night Sky Tour - Nov 11 - 18, 2011

Locate Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars & Saturn in the night sky this week. Tune in to learn about celestial latitude, which explains why Venus appears above Mercury in the night sky even though they are traveling in the same zodiacal degree (celestial longitude). Also Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation on November 14th and is slowing down as it prepares to station retrograde next week. Venus will separate from Mercury this week as she remains at a relatively steady speed of motion. The Leonid meteor shower peaks on November 18th but is active from Nov 6 – 30. This video also explains why meteor showers happen and when to look for the shower.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Night Sky Tour of Nov 4 - 11, 2011

This week’s Sky Tour shows Mercury & Venus in the west passing up Antares. Jupiter is in the east at sunset and the Moon conjoins Jupiter this week. Mars rises after midnight and approaches Regulus. Saturn rises before dawn near Spica.

Plus I talk about the story of the Clash of the Titans that plays out in the sky every night in the northern hemisphere and a few fixed stars associated with the stellar cast of constellations. This is always a favorite around those autumn bon fires.