Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Hare in the sky, chance to see Ceres, and morning satellite views!

We are leaping along and winter has only a few weeks left, so it is a good time to catch Orion and his stellar companions.  This week we look for one that is right beneath his feet.  Here is your guide to the sky for February 27 –March 5, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon […]

Seven Planets around a Dwarf Star – Earth sized worlds with water

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius. The planets were detected as they passed in front of the ultra-cool dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1. The middle three of the planets lie in the habitable zone […]

Saturn and the Moon, an early morning delight…

Saturn and the Moon provide and early morning delights this week for early risers.  We have a couple bright Iridium flares, and two royal constellations to check out.  Let’s hope this week we get a reprieve from the snow and have some clear skies. Here is your guide to the sky for February 19 -26, […]

Cosmic views for Valentine’s Day!

Venus the goddess of love, along with a bright Iridium satellite provide some great views for Valentine’s Day.  Why not take the one you love outside and spend a few minutes stargazing?   Here is your guide to the sky for February 12 -18, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon Sunrise this week is at 6:37 […]

A Lunar Eclipse on Friday…of the Penumbral flavor!

On Friday night (February 10, 2017) here in Maine we will be able to see a penumbral lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occur when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow and the Sun’s light is blocked from reaching the Moon.  Lunar eclipses have three flavors or – total, partial and penumbral – with the most […]

Snow, Golfing and Bones – time to howl at the Moon!

What do snow, golfing, and bones have in common?  This week it is the Moon!  There is no need to howl at it, but do enjoy the nice view and added moonlight this week.  Here is your guide to the sky for February 5 -11, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon Sunrise this week is […]