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Northern Sky

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.

 


What's On:
Crescent Moon & Venus (Jan Kalab/Flickr)

Northern Sky: September Brings A Striking Morning Sky

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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 some of the great things to see in the morning sky this September: new & crescent moons, the autumnal equinox, and much more.

Read this month's Starwatch column.

Check out Deane's story on the U of M's role in exploring the Van Allen Belt.


 
If you look along the Milky Way, you should see three bright stars: the summer triangle (Top to Bottom: Deneb, Vega & Altair)

Northern Sky: Gaining Constellations, Losing a Few Old Friends

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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's going on during the end of August and the beginning of September. During this time, we should pay special attention to the morning sky, and catch Jupiter, Venus and the Hyades star cluster. In the evening sky, we have a full moon on August 31, the summer triangle of stars, and much more. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Photo courtesy of Cano Vaari via Flickr.


 
A full moon over Lake Superior

Northern Sky: A Real Smorgasbord of Splendors

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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's going on in the first weeks of August. There are two full moons, plus a rare grouping of two planets and a star. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Photo courtesy of Kyle Rokos via Flickr.


 
A transit of Venus

Northern Sky: An Eclipse & A Rare Transit

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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's going on in the first weeks of June. There's a partial eclipse of the moon on the fourth and a rare transit of Venus on the fifth. Learn more in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Learn more about the transit of Venus:
University of Minnesota's Venus Transit page
More on safe solar viewing during the transit of Venus from NASA

Photo courtesy of Mark Mathosian via Flickr.


 
A partial solar eclipse

Northern Sky: A Partial Eclipse of the Sun

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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, there's a lot going on in the month of May. Deane gives us the details on the full "supermoon" on the fifth, an update on Saturn and Mars, and explains the transit of Venus, which will be taking place soon.

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Photo courtesy of Alan Harman via Flickr.


 
Sunrise, with transit of Venus

Northern Sky: A May Supermoon & Venus in Transit

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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, there's a lot going on in the month of May. Deane gives us the details on the full "supermoon" on the fifth, an update on Saturn and Mars, and explains the transit of Venus, which will be taking place soon.

Read this month's Starwatch column.

Photo courtesy of John Cudworth via Flickr.


 
Moon & Sunset

Northern Sky: Lyrid Meteor Shower & Walpurgisnacht

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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 gives us an update on the crescent moon and the Lyrid Meteor Shower, and explains Walpurgisnacht.

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Photo courtesy of S.L.M. via Flickr.


 
There's a lot to see in the April night sky

Northern Sky: Opposition, Venus & The Virgo Cluster

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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's coming up the first half of this month.

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Photo courtesy of 'Scratch' via Flickr.

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Arcturus is the brightest star in Boötes (it's the brightest object in the upper left corner)

Northern Sky: Movement in March

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. This month, Earth passes Mars, and Jupiter passes Venus. In addition to all the moving around, Earth is moving toward aphelion, while Mars closes in. Deane sets it all straight in this edition of Northern Sky.

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Photo courtesy of Abraxas3d via Flickr.

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The "Sickle"; Regulus is the brightest object in the lower left corner

Northern Sky: Bright Lights in February

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesot, where she authors the Minnesota Starwatch column. In this edition of Northern Sky, Deane explains Groundhog Day's connections to Astronomy, and what else there is to check out in the night and daytime skies this month.

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Photo courtesy of Ken_Lord via Flickr.

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