Northern Sky

Northern Sky

October 2016

By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch

With darkening skies but not yet the winter cold, October is ideal for watching stars and planets.

Mars holds its own in the south-southwest all month long, even as the stars of Sagittarius sweep by it and the Red Planet’s former companions—Saturn Continue Reading...

September 2016

By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch

September opens with a new moon and a wandering Mars. The red planet is on the verge of leaving Scorpius en route to Sagittarius, the archer, and its well-named Teapot.

For much of the year, we’ve watched Mars, Saturn, and Antares, the Continue Reading...

August 2016

By Deane MorrisonMinnesota Starwatch

As August begins, Jupiter comes out in the sun’s afterglow and soon drops out of sight. High in the southwest, the brilliant star Arcturus starts a month-long plummet to the horizon, dragging its kite-shaped constellation, Bootes the herdsman, along with it. Continue Reading...