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PostPosted: February 6th, 2018, 1:43 pm 
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What's Up for February 2018
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:24-long video, which has the theme of celestial pairs in honor of Valentine's Day...
(1) the constellations Perseus and Andromeda.
(2) the constellation Orion and the Pleiades Star Cluster.
(3) the Perseus Double Cluster.
(4) Gemini twins Castor and Pollux (for Valentine's Day? Okayyyy....).
(5) Rigel and companion Rigel B (requires a telescope).
(6) Orion's Belt star Mintaka and its companion (requires a telescope).
(7) the Moon with the Pleiades on the 22nd.
(8) the Moon with Castor and Pollux on the 26th.

Rogelio Bernal Andreo, Fred Espenak and Morris Jones contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1519


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 3:12 pm 
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What's Up for March 2018
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:26-long video, which covers the following celestial goings-on...
(1) Jupiter will be a fair amount above the eastern horizon after midnight by the 15th.
(2) The Moon shares the sky with Mercury and Venus from the 18th to the 20th.
(3) The Moon passes by the Pleiades and Aldebaran from the 21st to the 23rd.
(4) The Zodiacal Light can be seen from a natural sky location "intersecting" the Milky Way.
(4) With a good telescope one may be able to begin distinguishing some Martian surface features.

The video reminds us that InSight will be leaving Earth on 5 May.

Fred Espenak, Efrain Morales and Damian Peach contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1522


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PostPosted: April 5th, 2018, 9:24 am 
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What's Up for April 2018
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:05-long video, which covers the following celestial goings-on...
(1) Mars and Saturn were seen close together on the 2nd.
(2) The Moon, Mars and Saturn congregate on the 7th. (In a natural sky, one can discern also the Milky Way.)
(3) The Lyrid Meteor Shower is active from the 14th to the 30th, peaking on the 22nd.
(4) Jupiter is at opposition next month. The peak rate in a dark sky should be eighteen per hour.

The video reminds us citizen scientists are helping to create great images with JunoCam.

Seán Doran, Gerald Eichstäedt, Carlos Galeano, Kevin M. Gill, David Marriott, Damian Peach and Don Pettit contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1528


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PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 5:54 pm 
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What's Up for May 2018
Jane Houston Jones narrates the 2:57-long video, which covers the following celestial goings-on...
(1) Mars and InSight, InSight and Mars! (This is the lion's share of the video.) InSight has launched, and Mars is looking better and better.
(2) The eta Aquariid meteor shower has no really steep peak--just a bunch of good nighttime periods focused on 6 May.
(3) Jupiter is at opposition this month. Weirdly, the video recommends 9/10 May from 9pm to 5am for viewing, even though the Astronomical Almanac states the opposition is Tuesday night.

Anthony Wesley contributed the images for this month's video...
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1532


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