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Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Tom Wheeler, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Tom Wheeler

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    Stargazing Tips
    The sky is full of wonders every night of the week. Use our viewing
    guide for the week ahead to plan your backyard outings.
    December 25, 2003
    Mother Nature offers up a special gift to top off this Christmas Day: a
    close alignment between the Moon and the planet Venus. Look for them in
    the southwest beginning about a half-hour after sunset. Venus is the
    brilliant "evening star" to the right of the Moon.
    December 26, 2003
    The Moon and the planet Venus highlight the early evening sky. They are
    low in the southwest at sunset. Venus is the brilliant "evening star"
    well to the lower right of the Moon.
    December 27, 2003
    During winter evenings, we look toward the edge of the Milky Way
    galaxy's massive disk of stars. The point that's exactly opposite the
    center of the galaxy is in the direction of a bright blue star in Taurus
    called El Nath, which joins the constellation to Auriga.
    December 28, 2003
    The constellation Gemini is named for the mythological twins Castor and
    Pollux, and its brightest stars represent the twins. Brighter Pollux
    looks yellow-orange. If you look at the twins during the evening hours
    Pollux is on the left, Castor on the right.
    December 29, 2003
    A trio of bright planets lines up across the early evening sky. The
    brightest of the three is Venus, the brilliant "evening star" low in the
    southwest. Orange Mars is high in the south, while golden Saturn is
    climbing into view in the east-northeast.
    December 30, 2003
    Mars and the Moon jog across the southwestern quadrant of the sky this
    evening. They are well up in the south at nightfall. Mars looks like a
    bright orange star just to the Moon's upper right during the early
    evening, and to its lower right later on.
    December 31, 2003
    The planet Saturn is putting on its best showing of the year this week.
    Tonight, it's opposite the Sun in our sky, so it rises at sunset and
    remains visible all night. It's also brightest for the year. Saturn
    looks like a bright golden star.
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