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Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of November 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 11/04/2019 06:02PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of November 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for November 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In November, hunt for the fainter constellations of fall, including Pisces, Aries, and Triangulum. They will guide you to find several galaxies, including the spiral galaxy M74 and M33 (the Triangulum Galaxy). On November 11 we're in for a rare treat, as the innermost planet, Mercury, passes directly in front of the Sun for a few hours. The event will last about five and a half hours, during which Mercury's path will take it right across the middle of the Sun's disk. The next Mercury transit that will be visible from North America isn't until 2049. (Warning: You should never look directly at the Sun without proper protection, as it can permanently damage your eyes). The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of October 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 09/29/2019 04:40PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of October 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for October 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Crisp, clear October nights are full of celestial showpieces. Find Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek myth, to pinpoint dense globular star clusters and galaxies, including our neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31, NGC224). Watch for views of M15 (NGC7078) and NGC7331. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of September 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 09/02/2019 07:33PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of September 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for September 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In September, Pegasus becomes increasingly prominent in the southeastern sky, allowing stargazers to locate globular star clusters and a double star, Alpha Capricorni. Look for lovely crescent Moons at the start and end of the month. The September equinox brings the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. And Mars is at solar conjunction, meaning it has disappeared from night skies. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of August 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 08/04/2019 09:51PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of August 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for August 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In August, look for the constellation Lyra, which points to Epsilon Lyrae and the Ring Nebula. You can also spot three bright summer stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair, which form the Summer Triangle. This month, the main focus for meteor watchers is the Perseid meteor shower, but you will have to contend with a bright Moon on the peak nights. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of July 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 07/03/2019 12:58AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of July 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for July 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In July, find the constellation Scorpius to identify the reddish supergiant star Antares, which will lead you to the globular star cluster M4 (NGC 6121). M22 (NGC 6656), in the constellation Sagitarius, another globular cluster, is one of the brightest clusters in the sky and is visible with the naked eye. Keep observing around the group of stars commonly known as the Teapot and you’ll see the Lagoon Nebula (M8, NGC 6523), the Omega Nebula (M17, NGC 6618), and the Trifid Nebula (M20, NGC 6514). The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of June 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 06/01/2019 12:24AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of June 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for June 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Though the nights are shorter in June, they are filled with fine sights. Look for the Hercules constellation, which will lead you to a globular star cluster with hundreds of thousands of densely packed stars. You can also spot Draco the dragon, which will point you to the Cat’s Eye Nebula. Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest this month, rising at dusk and remaining visible all night. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of May 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 05/03/2019 03:38PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of May 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for May 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In May, we are looking away from the crowded, dusty plane of our own galaxy, toward a region where the sky is brimming with distant galaxies. Locate Virgo to find a concentration of roughly 2000 galaxies. Then search for Coma Berenices to identify many more. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of April 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 04/08/2019 02:21AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of April 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for April 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Clear April nights are filled with starry creatures. Look for the Great Bear and Leo the Lion. You can also spot galaxies like M101, M81, and M82. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard… Let’s follow the advice of James Marshall Hendrix (apparently a fellow admirer of the heavens), who famously proclaimed "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of March 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 03/01/2019 04:33PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of March 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for March 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In March, the stars of spring lie eastward. Look for the constellations Gemini and Cancer to spot interesting celestial features like the Beehive Cluster. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of February 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 01/29/2019 02:18AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of February 2019

Welcome to the night sky report for February 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In February, the Winter Triangle is your guide to the night sky. The northern hemisphere is treated to views of the stars Procyon, Sirius, and Betelgeuse. Keep watching for the awe-inspiring views of the Orion Nebula, which is sculpted by the stellar winds of central bright stars. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of January 2019

Posted by Guy Pirro 01/08/2019 12:48PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of January 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to the night sky report for January 2019 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. In January, the northern hemisphere features beautiful views of the binary star Capella - a pair of giant yellow stars, Aldebaran - a red giant star, two star clusters—the Hyades (Caldwell 41) and the Pleiades (M45), and the Crab Nebula (M1). The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of December 2018

Posted by Guy Pirro 12/03/2018 12:30AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of December 2018

Welcome to the night sky report for December 2018 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Saturn’s iconic rings are clearly visible with backyard telescopes in early December. Mercury and Venus appear later in the month. Also look for Eta Cassiopeiae, a double star, with binoculars or a small telescope to discern its gold and blue hues. Finally, don’t miss the mid-December Geminid meteor shower. You could see as many as 60 colorful meteors per hour. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of November 2018

Posted by Guy Pirro 11/01/2018 09:33PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of November 2018

Welcome to the night sky report for November 2018 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Some fish (Pisces), a ram (Aries), and a triangle (Triangulum) are all found in the November night sky. Also be sure to catch the Taurid meteor shower, which features 5 to 10 meteors per hour on its peak night of November 5 to 6. In addition, meteors will be radiating from the constellation Leo on the evening of November 17th and the early morning of November 18th. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of October 2018

Posted by Guy Pirro 10/09/2018 04:41PM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of October 2018

Welcome to the night sky report for October 2018 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Look for Pegasus, the great winged horse of Greek mythology, prancing across the autumn night sky. Binoculars and small telescopes will reveal the glowing nucleus and spiral arms of our neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. Don’t miss the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks on the night of October 21 to 22. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of September 2018

Posted by Guy Pirro 08/31/2018 02:47AM

Kiss the Sky Tonight -- Month of September 2018

Welcome to the night sky report for September 2018 -- Your guide to the constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and celestial events that are observable during the month. Spot Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars with the naked eye. This month your binoculars will reveal the rusty surface of Mars, iconic rings of Saturn, the waxing Moon, and the comet Giacobini-Zinner, which passes through the constellation of Auriga. Then, set your sights beyond the Solar System and take a late summertime road trip of the constellations along the Milky Way. The night sky is truly a celestial showcase. Get outside and explore its wonders from your own backyard.