Guam – “Guam’s Tropical Skies”, news of the cosmos from the UOG Planetarium from Planetarium Director Pam Eastlick.
For all the latest on Guam’s Tropical Skies go to the Planetarium’s website at: www.guam.net/planet
Well, we sure didn’t see much of the sky in August, did we? Over two feet of rain and the clouds it comes from do sort of block the sky!
I’ve discovered that even with all the clouds of August, early morning is a fine time to go star gazing and you can even see them sometimes. I’ll
tell you about an early morning spectacle and this week’s public shows in this edition of the Planetarium e-list.
1. The Early Morning Octagon
2. September’s Public Shows
1. The Early Morning Octagon
Those of you who’ve seen my “Winter Skies” planetarium show know that I talk about the Winter Hexagon, a six-sided shape made from some of the sky’s brightest stars. The Winter Hexagon contains Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, Procyon, the 8th brightest, Pollux, number 17, Capella,
number 6, Aldebaran, number 13 and Rigel, the 7th brightest star.
You may have learned the Hexagon, but right now we have the Early Morning Octagon in the eastern sky before dawn. It’s made from the six stars of the Winter Hexagon plus Venus and Jupiter. To see it, go outside while it’s still dark around 5:00 a.m. You’ll see an incredibly bright star two
fist-widths above the eastern horizon. That’s Venus. Five fist-widths above Venus you’ll see another bright ‘star’. That’s Jupiter.
Just above Venus to the left is Pollux, far above that and to the left of Jupiter is Capella. Aldebaran is very close to Jupiter and Orion the Hunter and Rigel are below and to the right of Jupiter; Sirius the brightest star is below and to the right of Rigel and Procyon, the 8th brightest star is above and to the right of Venus. Amazing octagon!
2. September’s Public shows
NEXT weekend, 13, 14 and 15 September. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. the shows are still free.
6:30 Autumn Skies
7:00 Quality Time with the Star Lady
When you read the preceding item you may have thought “Why is she talking about the Winter Hexagon when it’s autumn?” Well, the early morning skies at any time are the evening skies of the opposite season. A fine time to see the Southern Cross is in the early morning skies of January!
But it is autumn and our early evening skies are quite different from the skies before dawn and “Autumn Skies” will tell you all about them. It’s a
leisurely ramble through the starry wonders above your heads. You’ll learn how to find a king, a queen and a sea monster among the stars.
We’ll show you the Zodiac constellations visible in autumn and we’ll even find a lizard in the sky. We’ll also point out the six brightest stars
and tell you their names.
At 7:00, we’ll have “Quality Time with the Star Lady” where I attempt to answer your questions about the sky and space stuff in general. Then,
when it gets dark enough, we’ll go out and try to find it all in the BIG Planetarium! Don’t miss it!