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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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New Horizons Mission to Pluto {NASA /Flickr}

Northern Sky: June 13

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.

The distance between Venus and Jupiter shrinking; New Horizon spacecraft closing in on Pluto; The double dwarf system of Pluto and Charon; and the teaspoon of stars hanging above the teapot of Sagitarius.

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Venus, Jupiter and the Moon {Dave Schumaker /Flickr}

Northern Sky: May 30

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.

Lots of activity for Venus; the Beehive Cluster; the Gemini 'triplets'; plus a full Strawberry moon on June 2nd.

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Rings Around Saturn {Stuart Rankin /Flickr}

Northern Sky: May 16

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.

Saturn opposite the sun and at the peak of brightness; large particles in Saturn's rings; Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest lights in the western sky after sunset (they meet on June 30th).

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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.