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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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Hydra (Helen Cook /Flikr)

Northern Sky: May 2

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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.

Full Flower Moon on May 3rd; Jupiter traveling westward, Venus, Saturn and a rare glimpse of Mercury; and Hydra, the water serpent, the longest of constellations.


 
Lyrid Meteor Shower (Phillip Chee /Flikr)

Northern Sky: April 18

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.
Venus a bright evening star in the west; Saturn in the morning; Lyrid meteor shower, April 22nd and 23rd; and Walpurgisnacht April 30th.

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Constellation Leo jah / flikr

Northern Sky: April 4

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

Venus dances with the Pleiades and Hyades starclusters; Aldebaran the follower; Jupiter with Pollux and Procyon; and Leo at its best in April.

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Venus (J. Gabas Esteban /Flikr)

Northern Sky: March 21

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

The end of Mars, a waxing moon, a bright Venus with its runaway greenhouse effect; and a total lunar eclipse on April 4th after moon set.


 
Dawn spacecraft papercraft (peter / Flikr)

Northern Sky: March 7

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

Mars and Venus pointing the way to Uranus on March 11; Saturn masquerating as a claw of Scorpius; the equinox on March 20th; and NASA's Dawn Spacecraft explores Ceres, a dwarf planet and a fossil from the early days of the solar system.

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Ultraviolet Saturn (NASA, Hubble, 2003 /Flikr)

Northern Sky: February 21

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

In the West, Venus and Mars less than one full-moon-width apart; use the crescent moon to find the little blue dot of Uranus; Saturn in the morning sky; and March 5th, a full moon at apogee.


 
Sirius and Orion (H.Raab/Flikr)

Northern Sky: February 7

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

Jupiter in retrograde; our near neighbor Sirius and it's white dwarf pup; moonless nights of February 7 through 20; a dim Mars above a bright Venus and more.


 
full moon (AMHenriette/Flikr)

Northern Sky: January 24

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

A full Snow (or Hunger) Moon on February 3rd; Jupiter in opposition while followed by Regulus on February 6th - the same day that Earth laps Jupiter; and not to forget Imbolc or Groundhog Day on February 2nd.


 
Venus, Jupiter and the Moon (Dave Schumaker / Flikr)

Northern Sky: January 10

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

The planets are at play this month:  Venus and Mercury in the evening, Jupiter most of the night, and Saturn in the pre-dawn sky.


 
Full "Wolf" Moon (Rick Leche / Flikr)

Northern Sky: December 27

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

A full Wolf Moon on January 4th; a G-formation of bright winter constellations to the south; Earth at perihelion; and the Rosetta probe and the history of water.