Skywatch Line Archive

Skywatch Line for Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 5:58am and sets at 8:01pm; Moon sets at 6:16am and rises at 8:56pm. Perseid Meteor Shower will peak after midnight on Friday. The best time for seeing the most Perseids meteors will be the hours before dawn on Saturday morning when the shower’s radiant in Perseus will be highest in the northeastern sky. Perseid Meteor Shower runs between July 17 and August 26 every year. This is the most popular shower of the year, delivering as many… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11, written by Alan French. The Sun rises at 5:56 A.M. and sets at 8:04 P.M. on Wednesday. On Thursday it rises at 5:57 and sets at 8:03. Thursday has almost 17 minutes less daylight than a week ago. The Moon reaches full Thursday evening. On Wednesday the Moon, appearing 98% full, rises in the southeast at 7:44 P.M. It rises at 8:24 on Thursday in the east southeast and reaches full at 9:37 P.M., when it will appear just 10 degrees above the horizon toward the… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Monday and Tuesday, August 8th, and 9th, 2022

This is the Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Monday and Tuesday, August 8th, and 9th, written by Joe Slomka. Monday’s Sun sets at 8:00 PM; night falls at 9:59. Dawn breaks at 4:02 AM and ends with the Sun rising at 5:54. Constellation Sagittarius houses the Moon on both nights. Monday, it rises in the southwest at 5:48 PM, appears 33 arc-minutes in size and 87% illuminated. Moon set is at 2:23 AM, Tuesday; Tuesday’s Moon rises at 6:52 PM, 33 arc-minutes and 94% lit. Wednesday’s Moonrise is at 3:35 AM, 12° high, 33 arc-minutes and 97% lit. At Civil… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 5:51am and sets at 8:11pm; Moon rises at 2:02pm. First-quarter Moon occurs at 7:07am on Friday. After dark the Moon shines in central of the constellation of Libra. Stars Delta Scorpii, and then brighter Antares are to Moon’s left. Spica is farther to its lower right, and Arcturus shines even farther to the Moon’s upper right. The Moon is in a waxing gibbous phase on Saturday and Sunday, more than half lighted but less than full. The… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Monday and Tuesday August 1st, and 2nd, 2022

This is the Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Monday and Tuesday August 1st, and 2nd, written by Joe Slomka. Monday’s Sun sets at 8:23 PM; night falls at 10:25. Tuesday, Dawn breaks at 3:52 AM and ends with the Sun rising at 5:48. Virgo houses the Moon on both nights. Monday’s four-day-old Moon rises at 11:40 AM, appears 31 arc-minutes in size, 35% illuminated, 21° high at 9 PM and sets at 11:11 PM. Tuesday, it rises at 10:34 AM, 30 arc-minutes, 25% lit, 19° high at 9 PM and sets at 11:50 PM. Variable star Algol, in Perseus, reaches… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 5:44am and sets at 8:19pm; Moon rises at 6:14am and sets at 9:21pm. After sunset on Friday, use binoculars to look just above the west-northwestern horizon for the very slender crescent of the young Moon shining two finger widths to the upper right of the magnitude -0.74 planet Mercury. They’ll be close enough to share the view in binoculars. The annual Southern Delta-Aquariids meteor shower will peak from dusk on Friday through dawn on Saturday. It is… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28, written by Alan French. The Sun rises at 5:42 A.M. and sets at 8:21 P.M. on Wednesday. On Thursday it rises at 5:43 and sets at 8:20. Thursday has 13 ½ minutes less daylight than a week ago. The Moon is new early Thursday afternoon so these nights will be moonless and dark. Early risers Wednesday with a good view to the northeast have a chance to spot a very thin old Moon. At 4:45 A.M. on Wednesday bright Venus will be in the east northeast,… Continue reading

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Skywatch line for Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26, 2022

Dudley Observatory Skywatch line for Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26, written by Sue French. On Monday the Sun rises at 5:40am and sets at 8:26pm, making its daytime less than the previous day by just 1 minute and 56 seconds. Tuesday’s sunrise and sunset come at 5:41am and 8:22pm, thus offering us a daytime 1 minute and 58 seconds shorter than Monday. The slender crescent Moon is currently low in the early morning sky, rising in the northeast at 2:31am on Monday and 3:17am on Tuesday. It dips below the northwestern horizon in the evening sky at 6:43pm… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 5:37am and sets at 8:26pm; Moon rises at 12:52am and sets at 3:40pm. On Saturday shortly before sunshine, see the delicate crescent of the old Moon shining above the stars of Taurus, the Bull, in the eastern sky. The Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters and the Hole in the Sky, will be poised several degrees above the Moon. The bright orange star Aldebaran will twinkle a fist’s diameter below. Binoculars will show the… Continue reading

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Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21, 2022

This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21, written by Alan French. The Sun rises at 5:35 A.M. and sets at 8:27 P.M. on Wednesday. On Thursday it rises at 5:36 and sets at 8:26. Thursday has 11 ½ minutes less daylight than a week ago. The Moon reaches last quarter Wednesday morning and will start moving toward new. It will reach new, roughly between the Earth and Sun, on Thursday, July 28. The Moon, 54 % illuminated, rises at 12:07 A.M. Wednesday morning. On Thursday it rises at 12:29 A.M. Being past first… Continue reading

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