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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.

 


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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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Antares in the bright yellow object in the center to left bottom corner

Northern Sky: Capella, Antares & the Latest from NASA

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this segment, color is the theme. Venus and Jupiter draw closer to eachother this month, allowing us to better compare theirs, and the star Capella is prominent as well, which has a very special hue to check out. Antaries is another object to search for as January comes to a close, and Deane shares the latest news from NASA.

Read this month's Starwatch column by Deane.

Photo courtesy of Mouser Williams via Flickr.


 
Moon, with the constellation Auriga

Northern Sky: What To Expect This January

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this segment, she explains exactly what there is to see in the night sky in January, and gives us something to mull over on these dark winter days.

Read this month's Starwatch column by Deane.

Photo courtesy of Glass_House via Flickr.


 
Algol, known as the Demon Star, is the bright object on the right hand side of this photo, to the right and down from the Comet

Northern Sky: A Cosmic Smirk, Demon Star & More

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this segment, she talks about "a cosmic smirk" that will be visible this month, the story of Algol (known as the "demon star") and more!

Read this month's Starwatch column by Deane.

Photo courtesy of Mark Kilner via Flickr.


 
The moon, accompanied by Mars (the tiny dot to the right)

Northern Sky: Full Moons & Mars

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this segment, she explains how November will be a month with a lot of moonlight, with a great chance to see Jupiter and Mars passing by Regulus.

To read Deane's latest Minnesota Starwatch column, click here.

Photo courtesy of David Biesack via Flickr.


 
Fomalhaut, in Piscis Austrinus (it represents the mouth of the fish)

Northern Sky: Opposition, Piscis Austrinus, & the Story of Mira

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this feature, she shares what there is to see in the night sky. In this edition of Moments in Time, Deane talks about Jupiter in opposition, Piscis Austrinus and Mira, as well as the origin of Halloween.

To read Deane's October column, click here.

Photo courtesy of Eduardo Marino via Flickr.

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Jupiter is easy to spot this month

Northern Sky: Jupiter & Discoveries in the Summer Star Triangle

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Deane [DEAN] Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and in this feature, she shares what there is to see in the night sky each month. In this edition of Northern Sky, she explains how Jupiter and Mars are easy to spot this month, and the importance of a recent discovery in the summer star triangle.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Crowe via Flickr.

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The "beehive" star cluster - Mars is the bright object in the top right corner

Northern Sky: Mars, Beehive Cluster & Full Moon Legends

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Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She writes the monthly Minnesota Starwatch column. In this feature, Mars takes centerstage, and Deane explains the fall equinox and a recent study that has shed light on the origins of full moon legends.

To read her September column, click here.

Photo courtesy of horstm42 via Flickr.

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