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Sunday, December 9, 2012
This is the time of year when many people tend to look up at the sky. Even among those who do not regularly eye the night sky there are many Christians who look up when they think of the Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible's nativity story. Light in general, Christmas candle light and the Festival of Lights, at Hanukkah, have people thinking about brightness. Local astronomer James Keating, who designed the sun circle at Preston Beach, has a few recommendations for people surveying the sky in the early morning hours. James says look southeast about 30 minutes before sunrise to see Mercury, Venus and Saturn. "Venus being the brightest in the middle, Saturn up to the right and Mercury down to the left of Venus," he said. "If you …
The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Keep your eyes on the sky during the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 17-20, because that's when the famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak. These meteors are fast (about 40 miles per second) and can leave trails of smoke, according to Astronomy.com. They will appear to radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion and can vary in color. "Many Leonids are also bright. Usually, the meteors are white or bluish-white, but in recent years some observers reported yellow-pink and copper-colored ones," according to Astronomy.com. Last time we checked with astronomer James Keating about star-gazing it was in October during the Orionids shower. "The best place to watch is anywhere the sky is dark, but remember there are no guarantees that you will …