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What's Up in the Sky - December, 2009

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:48  |  Published in What's up in the Sky?
\My highlight constellation for December is Cassiopeia and the area surrounding her. I say “her” because in Greek mythology Cassiopeia was the beautiful wife of Cepheus, king of Ethiopia and mother of Andromeda. The Queen in her vanity bragged that she and Andromeda were more beautiful than the sea-nymphs, the Nereids. The nymphs, rather insulted wanted revenge and complained to Poseidon, god of the sea. He threatened to send a flood and a sea monster, Cetus to ravage the King’s seacoast. An Oracle foretold that only by sacrificing their daughter Andromeda would Poseidon be appeased. The king chained her to a sea cliff and the hero Perseus saw her as he was travelling along the coast. He saw her beauty and fell immediately in love…

What’s Up in the Sky – November 2009

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 08:37  |  Published in What's up in the Sky?
Looking up at the stars to the South around 8PM in early November, you see Pegasus near the zenith, one of the most prominent constellations in the night sky. It’s usually described as the Great Square of Pegasus and it appears as a great square with legs and a head branching off from the square. Refer to the end of this column for links that will help you in your travels in the night sky. Pegasus, the constellation, originates in the stories of Greek mythology and represents a white, winged horse. At first it’s hard to see the star formation as a horse but that’s because the formation is upside down. Flip it over in your imagination and you can visualize a neck and head…

Night Skies - January Venus & Saturn in the January sky

Written by  |  Thursday, 08 January 2009 06:36  |  Published in What's up in the Sky?
by Leo Enright In the month of January, sunsets continue to be in the very early evening, or maybe more correctly, in the late afternoon. At our latitude, the earliest sunset of the whole year was on December 10. Since that date, sunsets have been just very slightly later each day – by only a few seconds each day, actually, and the day-to-day difference in time has been scarcely noticeable. Only by mid to late January will our daylight hours be noticeably longer, as our sunset time moves from 4:33PM on New Year’s Day to 5:10PM on January 31. In the chilly January mornings, on the other hand, the difference in the day-to-day sunrise times will not even be that noticeable, since they range only…
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