“Guam’s Tropical Skies” with UOG’s Pam Eastlick

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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

Greetings Everybody!

Sorry this is a little late, but I’ve been having a little trouble with Internet access at work.

Welcome to the beginning of the best stargazing time to be found anywhere on the planet!  Every year in April and May here on Guam, we can see eight of the ten brightest stars at the same time for a half hour each night.

Also, during this period, you can see the three most famous constellations and the largest and smallest constellations.  I call it the Magic Half  Hour and it occurs a half hour earlier each week.  Stargazing simply doesn’t get any better than this.  This week, the Magic Half Hour occurs from 10 to 10:30 p.m.

Although you can’t see all the bright stars in the early evening sky this week, most of them are up there and you can also see a planet.  Just watch
one of our beautiful tropical sunsets and as it begins to grow dark you’ll see what appears to be the sky’s brightest star about 5 fist-widths above
the western horizon.  It isn’t a star it’s our lone evening planet Jupiter.  But Jupiter won’t be alone for much longer, and I’ll tell you more about that later in the month.

Happy Stargazing!!
Pam

1.  April’s Public Shows: 11,12 and 13 April 2013 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.
2.  Bright pass of the International Space Station
5 April 2013

1.  April’s Public Shows

Join us for the marvelous show ‘The Magic Half Hour’! Come to the Planetarium next week and we’ll show you the bright stars, the famous constellations and other stellar wonders.  The Magic Half Hour will be presented next weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11, 12 and 13
April at 6:30 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m., it’s ‘Quality Time with the Star Lady’ when she answers your space-related questions.  But what we’re really doing is stalling for time
until it gets dark enough that we can go out and look what I call The Big Planetarium.  How many of the real stars, constellations and planets will
we see?  Join us in the Planetarium next weekend to unlock the secrets of the best stargazing skies in the world.  Don’t miss it!

2.  Bright pass of the International Space Station. 7:10 p.m. to 7:16 p.m. Friday 5 April 2013
There will be a bright pass of the International Space Station this coming Friday night, 5 April.  To see it, first go to time.gov and get an accurate time setting for your watch.

Then on Friday night go outside right before 7:10 p.m. and face west where the Sun disappeared.  It won’t be quite dark.  Then turn 90 degrees to
your left and face south.  At 7:10 p.m. you should see the ISS appear above the southwestern horizon (to your right).

At 7:11:23 the ISS will pass very close to Canopus, the second brightest star.  This close conjunction is worth going out to see all by itself! The ISS will then climb higher in the sky to its maximum altitude of 51 degrees and will pass fairly close to the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle before disappearing in the northeast.  Don’t forget to wave!