Eyes on the Sky : January 2012
Eyes on the Sky: Jan 2 thru Jan 8
All about Auriga
The all-new “Eyes on the Sky” kicks off by focusing on Capella, Auriga, three stellar Messier objects within it, and the Quadrantid meteor shower. Joining the fun is a cameo appearance by none other than Mr. Charles Messier himself! (Did they have film back then? Nah, but this is what makes astronomy fun!) See what’s in the all-new format, as well as what’s ‘up’ in the night sky this week.
Chart 3 : GEMINI, AURIGA, PERSEUS
Eyes on the Sky Jan 9 thru Jan 15
Mars and the Moon
Mars and the Moon take center stage in this week’s video; Mars has increased in size to about 10 arc seconds across recently, and will reach opposition in early March. So now is a good time to start observing the Red Planet to see what details are possible at this less-than-ideal opposition with it. The Moon is our closest celestial neighbor and offers great detail in a small telescope or binoculars, plus it recently acquired interest from two more spacecraft. Find out all about that and more and see what’s ‘up’!
Eyes on the Sky: Jan 16 thru Jan 22
Take a tour through Taurus, Part 1
Take a tour through Taurus (Part 1) by visiting Aldebaran and the Hyades, then set your sights on Saturn and it’s moons as the ringed planet reaches sufficient altitude in the sky by early morning to warrant telescopic viewing. Also covered: Where Venus, Jupiter and Mars can be found in the sky this week.
( I had rather add here that Auriga, Taurus and Orion don’t appear the way as shown by Dave in our skies. They actually appear the other way round. Orion first, then Taurus and then Auriga. Look for the Orion’s belt, the guide starts there)
Eyes on the Sky: Jan 23 thru Jan 29
Take a tour through Taurus, Part 2
Finishing the tour of Taurus, this week’s “Eyes on the Sky” video focuses on how to find and see the Pleiades and M1, the Crab Nebula. Light pollution and light trespass avoidance strategies to enhance viewing of dim celestial objects are discussed. Also highlighted: Jupiter and it’s moons, plus notes on how and where to find Venus, Mars and Saturn this week as well.
Chart 9: TAURUS, ORION, MONOCEROS, LEPUS, CANIS MINOR/MAJOR