The last weekend of both November and December will be fantastic times
to see the solar system from your own backyard.
Step outside at dusk on November 29th and try to see the slender
crescent moon below and to the right of the pair of planets. If you
don't see the moon on the 29th, try again on the 30th when the moon will
be larger and easier to see just a little below the two planets. Jupiter
is larger, but Venus is brighter because it is closer to the Sun.
On December 1st, you'll see that the moon is now above Jupiter and Venus.
Throughout December Venus rises higher in the sky while Jupiter sinks
toward the horizon. We won't see the king of the planets again in the
early evening sky until next summer. Star charts courtesy of NASA/JPL.
Next weekend is our sidewalk astronomy weekend. We'll be changing the
venue Friday night - moving from Old Town Pasadena, our usual location,
to Farnsworth Park in Altadena. We'll be sharing the telescope stage
with John Sepikas from PCC's Astronomy Department on Friday night from
6-8 p.m. Farnsworth Park is located at 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.,
Altadena, 91001, (626) 798-6335. Weather permitting, of course.
Saturday night we'll be out in full force in Monrovia 6-9 p.m. Myrtle
and Lime Streets. Hope to see you! This will be a great night to see
many types of telescopes, ask questions, find out how much the
different telescopes cost, and drop telescope and accessory hints to
Enjoy this weekend's planetary lineup and see you next weekend! Jane
Jane Houston Jones
34.2048N 118.1732W, 637.0 feet
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org
What's Up Podcast: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/whatsup_index.html