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PostPosted: January 5th, 2017, 12:19 am 
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What's Up for January 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:32-long video, which basically has three major points...
(1) The Moon-Venus-Mars lineup from the 1st to the 3rd. The first two days of the New Year weren't good, but most of the 125+ people I greeted during the BRAS outreach last night at Perkins Rowe saw all three early on, then the Moon and Mars as Venus sank behind one of the buildings.
(2) Don't forget the Quadrantid meteor shower! Of course, the peak has passed but we will recall the fairly poor sky the morning of the third.
(3) Comet 45P is visible low in the sunset sky right now, and can be spotted low in the sunrise sky by the 31st.
(4) Asteroid Vesta is visible all this month and reaches peak brightness on the 17th.

Carl Hergenrother, Micheal Jaeger, Emmanuel Jehin, Peter Jenniskens, Manos Kardasis, Karsten Schindler, Jimmy Westlake, Juergen Wolf and the Lowell Observatory contributed the images for this month's video...
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1454


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PostPosted: February 1st, 2017, 7:11 pm 
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What's Up for February 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:56-long video, which notes several happenings of the month...
(1) The waxing crescent Moon joins Venus, Mars and Uranus tonight "just after sunset" .
(2) Try comparing the views of Venus seen tonight, on the 15th and on the 28th. The planet's crescent grows thinnest but increases in diameter.
(3) Comet 2/P Encke makes a loop through Pisces and therefore stays in that constellation all month long. It should be visible with a binocular.
(4) Comet 45/P makes its closest approach to Earth on the 11th; then it will be 0.08 astronomical units (11.9 million kilometers) from our planet. Look for 45/P in Hercules at 3am on the 11th, Corona Borealis at 3am on the 13th, Bo├Âtes at 3am on the 14th, Canes Venatici at 11pm on the 18th, Ursa Major at 11pm on the 24th and Leo at 9pm on the 27th. 45/P moves nine degrees per day! It will return in 2022.
(5) In late February and March, Venus and Mars are nestled inside the fabled zodiacal light. (One will need a sky free from virtually all light pollution for a chance to see the cone-shaped glow.)
(6) On the 26th, Mars and Uranus are very close in the western sky. Try looking at 6:30pm local time.
(7) Asteroid Vesta continues to be visible near Castor and Pollux. 9pm local time is good time for a view.

Bill Ingalls, Morris Jones, Efrain Morales, Malcolm Park and Damian Peach contributed the images for this month's video...
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1457


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2017, 8:01 pm 
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What's Up for March 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:48-long video, which notes several happenings of the month...
(1) The Moon occulted Aldebaran on the fourth. Unfortunately, the clouds obscured any view from the local area.
(2) Mercury reached superior conjunction (being on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth) on the sixth. This means Mercury is now a crescent and growing by the day. It will be half-lit by the end of the month.
(3) Venus has inferior conjunction on 25 March, but probably by the eighteenth it's exceedingly thin crescent will have shrunk to nothing.
(4) Good old Jupiter is available for the rest of the month, from late evening until the following day's sunrise.

No contributed images were used for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1460


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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2017, 3:21 pm 
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What's Up for April 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 1:56-long video, which basically has two major points...
(1) Jupiter reaches opposition on 7 April. Of course, that means its at its brightest before and after that night.
(2) The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the morning of 22 April. Happily, the Moon reaches New phase on the 26th and thus will be little to no problem for Lyrid viewers.

Y. Beletsky, W.L. Castleman, Damian Peach and S. Pogrebisskiy contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1463


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2017, 4:46 pm 
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What's Up for May 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 1:50-long video, which informs us...
(1) Jupiter climbs higher earlier in the sky, so skygazers do not have to wait until midnight to see it.
(2) The Earth's Moon appears near Jupiter from the 5th to the 8th (in conjunction with it on the 7th).
(3) The Moon is close to Venus and Mercury on the 22nd and 23rd just before sunrise.
(4) The Moon will be close to Mars just after sunset on the 26th.
(5) Saturn is now accessible before midnight, rising around 11:30pm early in May, and about 9:30pm late in the month.

Bob King, Noeleen Lowndes, the Goddard Space Flight Center, Damian Peach, Gary Spiers and ESA contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1469


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PostPosted: September 1st, 2017, 3:32 pm 
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What's Up for September 2017
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:04-long video, which informs us...
(1) Cassini is "biting the dust" on 15 September.
(2) Saturn is visible in the southwest in mid-September around 9pm local time.
(3) The Summer Triangle is directly overhead all month long.
(4) Cassiopeia and Perseus are visible in the northeast. A binocular can be used to find the Perseus Double Cluster.
(5) In a dark sky the Milky Way is readily available, complete with "steam" rising from the Teapot.
(6) The Andromeda Galaxy (visible without equipment if the sky is dark enough) is seen in the northeast right now.

Morris Jones, Noeleen Lowndes, Thomas Luong, Gary Spiers and Erik Wernquist contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1498


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