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California Skies, August through October 2020

California Skies, August through October 2020

These star maps, Sky Calendar, and detailed monthly summaries of sky events for August through October are intended to help teachers guide their students to a memorable start in naked-eye astronomy. Jupiter and Saturn appear near each other in the…
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Follow the planets, April through July 2020

Follow the planets, April through July 2020

In the evening sky, Venus shines at peak brilliance in April, while setting in a dark sky more than three hours after sunset. In May, Venus drops dramatically, disappearing into bright twilight before month’s end. On its way down, Venus on May 21 has…
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Moon, Planets, and Stars, February through April 2020

Moon, Planets, and Stars, February through April 2020

In the western sky at dusk, Mercury in February, and Venus in March-April, reach their highest positions and best visibility of 2020.
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Follow the Moon and Naked-Eye Planets in December 2019 and January 2020

Follow the Moon and Naked-Eye Planets in December 2019 and January 2020

Venus becomes ever more prominent in the evening, while Jupiter, and then Saturn, disappears into the southwest twilight glow in December. Mars, very slowly brightening, appears in the southeast morning sky, with bright Mercury below it in the first…
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Follow the Naked-Eye Planets in 2019-20 School Year and Beyond, August 2019 Through August 2020

Follow the Naked-Eye Planets in 2019-20 School Year and Beyond, August 2019 Through August 2020

Dawn and dusk twilight sky maps by Robert D. Miller. Sky Calendar illustrations courtesy of Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University. Graphs of planet rising and setting times for School Year 2019-2020 by Jeffrey L. Hunt.
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