Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Break Skies! March 11-19 - This Week's Sky at a Glance
There"s a lot to watch for in the night sky this week:
  • Mercury is low in the west at twilight all week, near brighter Jupiter.
  • Watch a star disappear! On Sunday night as the sun sets, the dark part of the moon covers an orange-red star high in the south. Exact times for this event are a little unclear. It may not even be visible in Austin after sunset... But even if it's not, with binoculars you get a great view of the crescent moon and you can look for the planet Mercury!
Here' what Sky & Telescope recommends:
Set up at least 15 minutes before the predicted time, and more if you're
planning to use a telescope. Locate the Moon high in the south, and
look for the star just to its left. Binoculars are always a big help. If
you're observing this event in very bright twilight or daylight, you
will need a telescope — and very clear air — to spot Mu Geminorum. Then
watch carefully as the Moon's dark leading edge creeps up on the star.
Make sure you don't blink at the wrong moment, or you'll miss the

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, it was cloudy on Sunday here in Austin, so we missed out on this, even if it was visible.