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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Backyard Astronomy


If you enjoy the occasional backyard astronomy, like I do, then this is a good month for you! Throughout this month you’ll have the opportunity to see (naked-eye) up to 5 planets (but not necessary all at once). I have been enjoying the evening view of Venus this week. You can’t miss it, just look west. It’s one of the brightest things in the sky right now. Other planets that can be spotted this month are Saturn, Juniper, Mercury and Mars. Check out the original story from the space.com link below to see when the best times to view and what direction to look in.

Tip: Use binoculars to get a closer view if you don’t have a telescope. You'll be surprised at the difference it makes.


Original story: http://www.space.com/spacewatch/090213-ns-five-planet.html


Other cool links from space.com:

· Online Sky Maps and More
· Sky Calendar & moon Phases
· Astrophotography 101

6 comments:

Kelly said...

Thanks for the info! My family loves looking at the stars and planets. I'm going to forward your post to my hubby...he's the telescope operator!

queenofseaford said...

That is pretty neat-- thanks.
Janet

Darla said...

My husband loves this kind of thing. He teaches me, I'll have to let him read this. I'm going out on a limb here.....you are feeling better and out of bed...?

Kallen305 said...

Okay, I am so trying this tonight. Thanks for the heads up

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I will try the binoculars...never thought of doing that! Don't have a telescope (although as a child we did...my dad loved this kind of stuff;)

Thank you for bringing this to my attention...my 12 yr old son will most likely be interested!

Mary said...

We had a telescope years ago and used it often when my daughter was young. When the weather warms up a little bit, I'll pay attention. Thanks, Alan!