Northern Sky

Northern Sky

January 2016

By Deane MorrisonMinnesota Starwatch

The new year opens with four of the five bright planets in the morning sky. By the end of January, all five will be strung across the predawn firmament.

The month starts with Venus blazing away in the southeast an hour before dawn. Dimmer Continue Reading...

December 2015

By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch

In December, the bright winter stars make their grand entrance into the evening sky. On the 1st, Orion clears the eastern horizon by eight o’clock; luminous Procyon, harbinger of Sirius, the Dog Star, is up by nine; and Sirius, last and brightest of all, appears Continue Reading...

December 2015

By Deane MorrisonMinnesota Starwatch

In December, the bright winter stars make their grand entrance into the evening sky. On the 1st, Orion clears the eastern horizon by eight o’clock; luminous Procyon, harbinger of Sirius, the Dog Star, is up by nine; and Sirius, last and brightest of all, appears Continue Reading...

November 2015

By Deane Morrison – MINNESOTA STARWATCH

November brings what may be the roundest rising moon any of us will ever see. On the evening of the 25th, the moon rises in Grand Marais at 4:38 p.m., only six minutes before the instant of perfect fullness. And coming just two days after perigee—its Continue Reading...