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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:
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.


 
Leo (jah~ /Flikr)

Northern Sky: December 13

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

Saturn, Jupiter in retrograde and Leo; the Winter Solstice; Algol in Perseus visible in deepest eclipse on Dec 15th and 18th.

 


 
Medusa (Manuel M Almeida / Flikr)

Northern Sky: November 29

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

The Long Night's Moon, full on December 6th; the constellation Perseus and the winking eye of Medusa; and earliest sunsets followed by latest sunrises.


 
Leonid Meteor Shower (Drew Wilson / Flikr)

Northern Sky: November 15

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

The Leonid Shower on the 17th and 18th; new moon on the 22nd; news from the Alma telescope and the November 12th landing on a comet.


 
November Moon (ladytimeless / Flikr)

Northern Sky: November 1

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

Sunspot AR12192, the Andromeda galaxy, Jupiter,  and a Full Beaver Moon on November 6th.


 
Pinhole Camera (David / Flikr)

Northern Sky: October 18

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

A partial eclipse of the sun on the 23rd, the Capella multi star system, and Halloween.