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APRIL 2020 SKY-LENDAR OF EVENTS: Lyrids, Supermoon, and more planet pairings

The month of April is still rich with cosmic eye candies. So while everyone stays at the comfort of their homes to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here to give you a heads up on when to look up the sky. Most of these can be seen from your windows or backyard (inshallah). read more

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Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse is a bright red supergiant in the Orion constellation located between 400-650 light-years away. With an average apparent magnitude of +0.4, it is previously the 9th brightest star in the night sky. read more

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495 Eulalia

Asteroid 495 Eulalia is a minor-planet discovered by Max Wolf from Heidelberg Observatory on October 25, 1902. It was named after the discoverer’s wife’s grandmother. read more

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2000QL7

2000QL7 is an Amor-class near-Earth asteroid which was discovered independently by the LINEAR survey in August 2000 but it was first observed on July 21, 1977, at Siding Spring Observatory.   read more

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MARCH 2020 AL SADEEM SKY-LENDAR: Period of galaxy hunting begins; Spring equinox signals change of season

March is one of the most exhilarating parts of the year when the night sky goes in “full bloom”—amateur astronomers and experienced stargazers enjoy a feast of Messier objects and a slew of planets around the Moon spicing up the United Arab Emirates’ cool spring nights. read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, February 1, 2020.

The sky was partly cloudy (thin cirrus clouds) with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided average transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken. read more

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FEBRUARY 2020 AL SADEEM SKY-LENDAR: A Supermoon and more planet-Moon pairings

The Moon and some prominent planets will rule our February night sky this year, and to keep up with the love season, these celestial objects will be often seen in “pairs”!

Keep your eyes peeled for planets such as Venus and Uranus, which will be immediately visible at the western section of the sky right after sunset until 9 in the evening. Other bright planets Mars and Jupiter can be observed before dawn at 4 AM and 5 AM, respectively, until sunrise. Planets that will be no-shows for February are Mercury, Saturn, and Neptune.

The “love month” will also be peppered with prominent winter constellations and deep-sky objects like the Great Orion Nebula, the Flame and Horsehead nebulas, Andromeda Galaxy, and the brilliant open star cluster Pleiades known as the “Seven Sisters.” read more

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SUNSPOT MONITORING – JANUARY 16, 2020

Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, January 16, 2020.

The sky was generally clear with intermittent light to moderate winds which provided good transparency but average seeing at the time these images were taken. read more

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Longest day of the year, plus other celestial treats to watch out for this June

Now that we’re halfway through 2019, brace yourselves as June ushers in hotter days, early sunrises, and late sunsets.

The summer solstice on June 21—the longest day of the year—will signal the beginning of summer and longer days for the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, where most of the countries in the world including the United Arab Emirates are situated.

According to the National Geographic, a solstice happens when the Earth is tilted towards the Sun that a big part of it “experiences the maximum intensity of the sun’s rays and has the most hours of sunlight.” Conversely, there will be longer nights for the folks in the other hemisphere (which is the Southern one, in this case). read more

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ASTRO LOG: YOUR MARCH 2019 SKY AT A GLANCE

Avid sky-watchers and dedicated astronomy enthusiasts in the United Arab Emirates can bid goodbye to biting cold nights as March ushers in the beginning of spring.

With temperatures beginning to warm, staying outdoors at night will definitely be more enjoyable,especially during this month when the night sky has so much in store for its patrons.

Mark the 21st of March on your calendars, as the last of the Supermoon trifecta for this year will grace the night sky. read more