Skylights: February 25 thru March 3, 2013

Feb 25

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What are the highlights in the sky this week, or as we affectionately call them here, the "Skylights"?  Lots of fun stuff, and most of it is evening or nighttime (finally!).  

For starters, the Moon slips right by Spica on the night of the 28th into the morning of the 1st for Northern Hemisphere observers, while those in the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to an occultation of Spica by the Moon!  A day later, the Moon sidles up to Saturn, pointed the way to the ringed planet.   On the night of the 2nd into the morning of the 3rd, the eclipsing variable star Algol in Perseus will begin dimming for U.S.-based observers, and reach minimum brightness at 3:06 am Eastern Standard Time.  And all week, the fantastic open cluster Messier 37 can be found in Auriga, at or near the meridian for prime viewing in the early evening hours.  

Check back in the "Eyes on the Sky" blog for more detailed information on how to find and see these events throughout the week!


Skylights for Feb 25 thru Mar 1, 2013

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This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.