Treats and Celestial Delights During Aquarius
For the Northern Hemisphere
January 20 - February
Sky Visitors ...
a decade milestone of producing the Night Sky pages online, I received
an intuitive message to take a one-year sabbatical in 2011. This is a
time to rest and recuperate, study more about the heavens, spend time
with friends and increase my income.
In this abbreviated
edition of Aquarius
I offer the following to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders
any planet; learn the latest!
Gazer's Show Scripts highlight planets
in the night sky.
Gives Birth ~ His Babies Are Artists!
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Orion Gives Birth ~ His Babies Are Artists!
Baby Stars Create a Masterpiece
Image: NASA / JPL–Caltech / STScI
Spitzer/Hubble infrared and visible-light composite shows an
artistic masterpiece of turbulent and chaotic energies that baby
stars are creating 1,500 light
years away in the Orion
Nebula. Four monstrously massive stars, collectively known
as the Trapezium located
at the center of this cosmic cloud may be the main culprits of
this gorgeous chaos. "These behemoths are approximately 100,000
times brighter than our sun." JPL
image from NASAs Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes
looks more like an abstract painting than a cosmic snapshot.
was "painted" by hundreds of baby stars on a canvas of gas and
dust, with intense ultraviolet light and strong stellar winds
as brushes. NASA's
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Splendor of Orion: A Star Factory Unveiled
SPACE.coms informative account of the current science
relating to the Orion Nebula and its Grand Nebula replacement.
Orion Nebula is the nearest star formation region to the Earth
and consequently particularly well studied. Despite this, star
formation is not all that well understood. astro.nineplanets.org
Top 10 Space Photos
the story behind the 2006 choices.
the Hunter gives
birth to stars! More than half of the 25
brightest stars appear overhead in the winter sky making it the
brightest night sky of all the seasons. Well, here's the reason why
these bright stars are in the winter sky.
no coincidence that the brightest stars congregate here [the winter
sky], for this is where many stellar nurseries reside, including
the marvelous Orion Nebula (M42). Massive stars begin their lives
in such cocoons and burn most brightly. Scan this region with binoculars
to see one marvel after another. Astronomy
Nebula (M42) is easily visible as a fuzzy star with the unaided eye.
Here's a fun quote about its location and size that will expand your
loves Orion's bright stars but it is one of his dimmer stars that
will blow you away. Face southeast in the early evening and below
Orion's three belt stars you'll see three dimmer stars which make
up his sword. But no matter how sharp your eyesight the middle
star always seems to look fuzzy, out of focus. [Image] That's because
it isn't a star at all but a humongous cosmic cloud of gas and
where new stars are being born. We call it the Orion Nebula and
there is enough material here to produce over ten thousand stars
the size of our Sun. Indeed, this nebula is so huge we could line
up 20,000 of our solar systems end to end from one edge of it to
the other. How's that for a fuzzy little star? Star
Orion's Valentine's Star!
It's red, beats like a giant heart
and stimulates our heart.
the Love Light in Your Heart
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Look Up … Be Dazzled!
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Sky Lights ~ Aquarius
20 - February 18, 2011
Pleiades star cluster
lies above and to the right (northwest) of the bright red star, Aldebaran,
the eye of Taurus
the Bull. Look overhead in the early evening (west in the later
evening) to find reddish Aldebaran and the mini dipper-shaped sparkling
Pleiades, the Bull's shoulder. Winter
the very bright star overhead and northeast of the Pleiades. It is
star seen the most often. It lies in the constellation Auriga,
the cosmic giant, lies overhead between 8pm – 9pm. Navigating
with Orion introduces you to the winter stars. Use his belt stars
to locate Sirius and Aldebaran, Betelgeuse and Rigel. Notice the
colors of these 4 stars. The three belt stars of Orion represent
Wise Men. Orion helps one find the Winter
Triangle, the Great
Winter Hexagon and the Valentine's
brightest star in the heavens can be seen in the southeast at sunset.
In the beginning of Aquarius, Sirius sets in the southwest about 3:45am
and at its end around 2:00am. Winter
a bright golden star, rises in the northeast in the beginning of Aquarius
about 11:00pm and by its end around 9:30pm. Use the handle of the Big
Dipper to arc down to Arcturus from there spike down to blue-white
Spica in the south! Helpful
Image In 2011 Saturn lies west of Spica. Look for the large elongated
triangle formed by yellowish Saturn, bluish Spica and golden Arcturus.
Binoculars highlight their colors.
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