October 22, 2017

Tricks at the Eyepiece

Sure, you’ve got the gear, you’ve got the ultimate telescope, or maybe you just like to causally observe. But have you ever given much thought as to how to observe? The simple act of looking is so reflexive that most of us do it without a second thought. In the realm of astronomy, however, the use of a trained eye is paramount to enjoying what you’re seeing.

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The Moon joins a Planetary Three-Way.

Early risers this week will awaken to a fine sight; a three way dance between Mercury, Saturn, and Venus, joined by the waning crescent Moon on the 16th. Look towards the east, about a half hour before local sunrise. Mercury has just passed greatest elongation on the 6th of this month, and thus will be swiftly sinking back to the horizon morning by morning. Venus will continue to shine high in the east at dawn, and Saturn, fresh from conjunction with the Sun last month, will be the faintest and slowly slide upwards past the pair of inferior planets this week.

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