Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Planets Sparkle in Morning Sky

A Good Reason to Wake Up at Dawn




July 3, 2012: Summer is a good time to relax, sleep late, enjoy a break from school or work.  Waking before sunrise is just not done.

This summer is a little different.  To find out why, set your alarm for dawn.

Every morning this July, the two brightest planets in the solar system will put on a show before sunrise.  Look out any east-facing window to see Venus and Jupiter, shining side by side, so close together you can hide them behind your outstretched palm.  It's a great way to start the day.

Wake Up (splash)
A new ScienceCast video previews the July 2012 sunrise sky show. Play it!
 
On the 4th of July, Venus will be passing dead-center through the Hyades cluster, a loose grouping of stars 153 light years from Earth.   Using binoculars, scan around the bright planet; you'll see dozens of stars scattered across the velvety-black sky. The temporary addition of Venus will make it seem that a supernova has gone off in the cluster.
MORE: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/03jul_wakeupatdawn/

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