Sky Watcher

23 Jan 19
The Sun
OF the eight planets in our solar system, five of them can be seen with the naked eye. We explain which ones they are and how you can catch a glimpse of them this month. There are five planets that you can see with the naked eye from Earth Which planets are visible to the naked eye from Earth? Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are visible for much of the year. Planets look different to stars because their brightness varies in a cycle over a period of time and they are close enough to Earth to look like a tiny disk whereas stars look like a point of light. Saturn and Mars are commonly mistaken for stars during their dimmer periods, according to Naked Eye Planets. Stars also generate their own light whereas planets do not. Planets shine by reflecting a portion of the sunlight they receive back into space. Venus can be seen either during dawn or dusk The brightness of the planet depends on its distance from the sun, the size of the planet and the position of the planet and Earth. Planets can be seen during a period called apparition. Mars, Mercury and Venus can be seen during dawn or dusk when in this period. For Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the dawn sky. Apparitions can last a few weeks (in the case of Mercury) to almost two years (in the case of Mars). Planet-watchers will struggle to see Mercury towards the end of the month When will you be able to see the planets? For this month, Mars will be visible in the evening and Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the morning. Saturn will become visible towards the end of the month and Mercury will fade from the morning sky as the month progresses. This month got off to a great start as Venus was shining brighter than Jupiter in the morning sky, but as it has progressed Jupiter now shines brighter, according to EarthSky. After January, Venus will right just before dawn’s first light until mid-March. Jupiter will be seen with Venus throughout January just before dawn and will start to travel eastward in the sky until April. On June 10, Jupiter will be at its brightest. Saturn will shine brilliantly starting January 30 just before dawn. Mercury was seen in the morning sky in December and for most of January. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN SCIENCE” posts_category=”10773″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] The next time it will appear will be in the evening sky during the last few weeks of February and early March. Mars will shine bright throughout January and will be the brightest planet throughout the month during the evening. For this month, Mars will be visible in the evening and Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the morning. Saturn will become visible towards the end of the month and Mercury will fade from the morning sky as the month progresses.
23 Jan 19
The Erudite Gorilla

Episode 5: 3… 2… 1 This one starts in the fog-shrouded streets on London in 1893. A fancy-looking guy meets someone in an alley and gets blasted with a wave of energy, annihilating him except for a pile of dust and some residue on the wall.

23 Jan 19
Archy Worldys

Friday, January 18, France Culture offers a special Climate Day. From 7:40 am with an interview with Cécile Duflot, then at 9 am "La Fabrique de l'histoire", 10 am "The Paths of Philosophy", 12 pm "La Grande Table", 4 pm "The Scientific Method " Today, warming is taking place in many places on the planet. […]

22 Jan 19
Hard Truth Portal

UFOs & Conspiracy in Popular CultureThe End Time Delusion THIS MEANS SOMETHING… Much of the ufo activity in the public forum has been designed by the beings pretending to be “aliens” to convey a seemingly benign agenda. Conspicuous Ufo sightings occurred at the advent of our atomic age. Further sightings occurred at airforce bases with […]

22 Jan 19
whoisfenton

Yesterday we experienced another one of those events designed to make us feel small, stuck as we are on this beautiful globe as it whirls through the cold vacuum of space.  Yikes, lighten up Mr Spaceman.  Every once in a while the earth, moon and sun line up in such a way as to cast […]

22 Jan 19
Astro Navigation Demystified

Spring Stars in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring is just around the corner and when the winter constellations begin to make their exits to the west, we will find Boötes, Leo, Cancer, Hydra and Virgo lurking in the wings ready to take their places. They will soon join the ever-present circumpolar constellations of Ursa Major and […]

21 Jan 19

mstbaby's Blog

Sky gazers were treated to a rare lunar eclipse known as a super blood wolf moon on Sunday night, in which sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere lit the celestial body in a dramatic fashion and turned it red. Watchers in North and South America, parts of Europe and western Africa, who were lucky enough to […]

21 Jan 19
THE GOLDEN VOID

VIRGO [M] Bjork “the pleasure is all mine” [Tu] 88 Fingers Louie “pent up” [W] Agnostic Front “victim in pain” [Th] Future Islands “little dreamer” [F] Bohren & der Club of Gore “die fulci numer” [Sa] Goldie “you & me” [Su] PJ Harvey “slow drug” LEO [M] Skeletons “git” [Tu] Mariachi El Bronx “slave labor” […]

21 Jan 19
croaking cassandra

The latest GDP numbers for China were released yesterday.  If they probably got more attention than they deserved in the international financial media, there appears to have been no coverage at all in the two main New Zealand newspapers –  surely there is some sort of happy median, as regards one of the two biggest […]

21 Jan 19
News Africa Now

Earth’s shadow almost totally obscures the view of the so-called Super Blood Wolf Moon during a total lunar eclipse, on Sunday, 20 January2019, in Miami, Florida. Picture: AFP WASHINGTON – An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the […]

21 Jan 19
Witches Of The Craft®

Here’s the Weather Forecast for the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019 Tonight! By Joe Rao, Space.com Skywatching Columnist  It’s time for the total lunar eclipse of 2019 and if you’re hoping to catch the amazing event, you better check your weather first. The National Weather Forecast for the lunar eclipse tonight (Jan. 20) is basically a coin […]