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A Skywatcher's Year by Jeff Kanipe

By Jeff Kanipe

In case you have ever watched capturing stars graze the sky or questioned a few relatively brilliant aspect of sunshine close to the horizon, then this can be the booklet for you. A Skywatcher's yr is the authoritative consultant to obvious our bodies within the evening sky all year long. via fifty-two essays, Jeff Kanipe courses you to celestial occasions and phenomena that take place or are obvious with the bare eye and binoculars for every week of the 12 months. He acquaints you not just with up to date astronomical info on stars, nebulae, meteors, the Milky method, and galaxies, but additionally conveys the sweetness and sweetness of the evening sky. overlaying either the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere, A Skywatcher's 12 months is helping readers locate admired stars and constellations, vivid megastar clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, and explains how and whilst to watch widespread annual meteor showers. Kanipe additionally examines the main frequently-observed celestial physique, the Moon, and the interesting lore surrounding it. A wealthy and jargon-free examine the sky during the 4 seasons, this enticing e-book will supply new dimensions to yard star-gazing.

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Shadows, once long and dolorous even at noon in January and February, are shorter now, and the Sun seems to rise a little earlier and set a little later each day. And of course Gemini is high in the sky silently trumpeting in spring. 36 Winter March 8 – 14 The light that hides Of all astronomical phenomena visible with the naked eye, the zodiacal light is the most sublime. On moonless spring evenings it appears as a soft cone of light no brighter than the Milky Way extending up from the west-southwest horizon well after sunset.

They are named the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, after the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who recorded them in 1519 during his voyage in search of the strait – also subsequently named for him – at the extreme tip of South America. Because of their proximity to the south celestial pole, the Magellanic Clouds can only be seen from the Southern Hemisphere (though they may be glimpsed very near the southern horizon after sunset from latitude 10° N in late December and early January). As seen from Sydney, Australia, this time of year, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) straddles the southern meridian 55° above the horizon, just after sunset.

The rapidly changing colors and the apparent jiggling animate the star to such an extent that it seems to be a nearby UFO maneuvering anomalously in the sky. Some terrified individuals have even reported being ‘pursued’ by Sirius, a phenomenon not unlike the illusion of being followed by the Moon. The Dog Star is indeed nearby, though not in terrestrial terms. 6 light-years, or a little over 51 trillion miles, Sirius is the fifth-nearest star January 11 – 17 19 to the Sun. Astronomically speaking, this is a mere hop, skip, and a jump away.

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