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March 2014​


A Solar Diamond Ring

During a solar eclipse, just before the Moon completely blocks the Sun's light, a dazzling flash occurs along one edge of the sun. This flare up makes the darkened Sun take on the appearance of a diamond ring. Talk about flashing your bling!  

What’s in the Sky in March    

Venus shines like a beacon in the predawn eastern sky. It will even be visible as the sun comes up.
Mars will be visible low in the western sky during early morning hours. Look for its reddish disk.
Jupiter will appear high in the eastern sky after sunset and will cross westward as the night progresses. Jupiter will be the brightest object high in the east.
The constellation of Orion (look for a large hourglass) dominates the night sky all month. The bright star to the lower left of Orion is Sirius the dog star.

New Moon:  New Moon:   30th
Full Moon: 16th




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May 2013 


What’s in the Sky in May     
Venus is back! If you have a clear view of the horizon, you can see the shrouded planet just after sunset early in the month. Otherwise you should be able to spot it  in the west after sunset (it is very bright) around the middle of the month. It will be higher in the sky each night as the month progresses.
But what a month for planets! Jupiter will be lower and lower in the west as the month flies by, and will be do a two-step with Venus near the end of the month.  They will draw very close by the 26th, and be side by side on the 27th and 28th.  Venus is the brighter of the two. Point them out to your friends after your Memorial Day Bar-B-Q.
If you have dark skies, you may be lucky enough to spot Mercury. Typically, Mercury is difficult to spot under the light-polluted sky of Orange County. This tiny planet will be hovering near Venus all month, and will form a tight triangle with Jupiter and Venus on the 26th. On the 31st, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will form a straight line, each planet about an equal distance from each other, with Mercury at the top and Jupiter at the bottom of the line.
The best night to spot Saturn is on the 22nd, when it will be to the left of the moon.
New Moon:  May 10th
Full Moon: May 25







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