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East Bay Moon Crescent/Photo by Stephan Hoglund

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

 


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Check out the Spring constellations during the end of April & beginning of May (David DeHetre/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower & more in early May

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

During the last part of April and beginning of May, Saturn reaches opposition, catch the Spring constellations, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and more.

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Comet PanSTARRS (Luis Argerich/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Jupiter, Saturn & Comet PanSTARRS

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

In March, we get a new moon on the 11th, and you can catch Jupiter near the first quarter phase of the moon. Saturn is rising late in the evening and it's getting brighter, so it's a good time to see it with a telescope near Spica. You can also see comet PanSTARRS on Tuesday the 12th. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Andromeda Galaxy (Luis Argerich/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Mercury & Andromeda in February

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

In mid-February, you can catch Mercury (the "messenger") near a waxing moon. It's also a great time to catch Saturn and the Andromeda galaxy. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Winter constellations (Matt Swint/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Winter Stars & Saturn in West Quadrature

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column.

In the last week of January and first week of February, a waning moon means a better view of the winter stars (Capella, Aldebaran, Sirius, Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Betelgeuse and more). Jupiter is fading, but Saturn is coming into its own, and it will be at west quadrature on January 30. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Orion Nebula (Alex Gorstan/Flickr)

Northern Sky: New Year, New Astronomical Milestones

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane explains how you can catch perihelion, Venus and Saturn in the morning sky, the Orion complex and much more at the beginning of the new year.

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Capella, brightest star in the constellation Auriga, is the bright object in the upper left corner (Cano Vaoaori/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Winter Solstice & Constellations

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane explains what to expect in the sky over the holidays, including the winter solstice and the cluster of winter constellations that are coming into their own.

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Curiosity Rover Lifts Off for Mars (NASA/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Perseus, Mercury & Mars in December

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane explains what stands out in the sky this December (Perseus & Algol, a waning crescent moon, and the Geminid meteor shower) and the latest in astronomy news (the discovery of ice on Mercury and the findings of the first soil analysis from NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity).

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Jupiter (LeydenBlue/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Jupiter dominates in late November

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane explains the apparition of Jupiter, one of the brightest objects in the sky; its opposition (which is supposed to be a nice one); and how to differentiate it from the stars around it by location and color. We can also see Venus and Saturn, the November full moon, and much more.

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Moon, Venus & Jupiter (Frankzed/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Opposites in November

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. We're getting into mid-November now, and this year, the biggest thing is how the two brightest planets are playing opposites. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Jupiter (bright object at top of photo), Venus and The Moon (Dave Schumaker/Flickr)

Northern Sky: Jupiter, opposition and more in October

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In the second half of October, we get a closer look at Jupiter, Venus is in the morning sky, there's a full "hunters" moon, and much more.

Read this month's Starwatch column.