Monday, March 9, 2009

night sky - march 2009

the moon continues to fill up with light over the next few nights as it passes by the constellation, leo. look to the east in the early evening to watch the moon slowly approach saturn. tonight, 8 march, 2009, saturn is at opposition - it sits opposite the sun in our sky, so it's up all night! if you have access to a small telescope (local astronomy clubs, friends, etc...) or binoculars, take a look! saturn's rings are edge-on right now from our perspective on earth, but its a nice treat to see saturn and the moon only 8 degrees apart in the sky... as they will be tuesday night, 10 march, 2009, when the moon is full!!


it makes sense that the full moon appears near saturn in our sky when saturn is at opposition. the moon shines because it reflects sunlight. when the moon is full, sun shine covers the entire surface of the moon that is visible to us. this happens when the earth sits between the sun and the moon so that the sun shining from behind us illuminates the moon.


tuesday night, both saturn and the moon sit exactly opposite of the sun in earths sky!


this image of saturn was taken by the cassini space craft.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip!!!

bruce.jonathn+4@gmail.com

Nightowl Mama said...

I hope to catch that thanks. Love to share neat stuff like this with the kids.

edy said...

thanks for sharing!

My Story said...

Hi Amanda, 1st time to your site-great look! I know next to nothing about Astromomy, but I am curious. Will Saturn be in the same location tonight for me in Northern Calif.US.as it is for you in UK? Very interested, because I would love to follow your site to see where the planet are, provided they are in my same location. Tiffiny Tennyson
http://tiffinyandfriends.blogspot./ or tiffinyt@suddenlink.net
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!!!

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Will it be tons different in the States? Or just sort of different?

Turnip head said...

Hi I just want to say I really like your blog!
And the photo of Saturn is really cool.

astropixie said...

the views of the night sky are very similar from most of the northern hemisphere: europe, north america, chine, japan, etc...

from the southern hemisphere, you can see some similar constellations, although they are upside-down, including the alignments of the moon and planets! way in the south you can also see completely different stars and constellations than you can see from the north!! readers from the australia and other places in the southern hemisphere sometimes share pictures so we can see the differences - maybe someone from the north and someone from the south can take images of saturn and the moon conjunction tomorrow night so we can compare!?!

Dredd said...

greetings all,

Interestingly, I had recently blogged this piece:

http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/2009/03/life-according-to-science.html

And just now I ran across this blog, so I included it in my links.

Somehow the painting by david ho:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YtxGNf8GgRA/SbQMVGukEpI/AAAAAAAAC1c/EfZuhweXzrE/s400/catch_a_star_david_ho.jpg

reminds me of my earth folk searching for a new star.

Astronomy Link List said...

This article has been added to the Astronomy Link List.

BlondieLox said...

thanks! because of your post - i was inspired to find a local astronomy club. me, my kids & husband - & hopefully a few friends are going to participate friday!!! thanks, again for looking out/UP!!!
http://www.blondie-lox.blogspot.com

astropixie said...

blondielox - your news completely made my day! enjoy your adventure and i'll hope for clear skies for you!