Monday, July 26, 2010

Planetary line-up at sunset

The end of July and the beginning of August bring a beautiful sight in the western sky after sunset: four planets roughly lined up - and three of them forming a gradually-tightening triangle. Sky & Telescope magazine provided the diagram above, and also provides a little more information on their site: - Homepage Observing - This Week's Sky at a Glance

As usual. living treasure Jack Horkheimer provides an excellent guide to what you will see and when you will see it:

Too pressed for time to listen to Jack's entire five-minute presentation? Tough! Listen, maggot, Jack's been doing this for a long time, and I fear he may not be doing it for much longer. This man puts a lot of effort into creating this educational guides to the week's sky, and the least you can do is take five freaking minutes to listen to the man!

What? Still going on about how you're too busy to watch this? Alright, you pressed-for-time pantywaist, Jack actually foresaw your whining, and compressed his presentation into a one-minute segment. Happy? Now shut up, sit down, and watch!

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