01Feb2007

Sky Talk February 2007: Watching the Moon Play “Tag” with the Pleiades Star Cluster

A spectacular encounter of the Moon with the bright naked-eye Pleiades Star Cluster (more popularly known as the “Seven Sisters”) is not to be missed this month. Depending on your exact geographical location, this will be seen as either a covering-and-then-uncovering of the cluster’s stellar diamonds – or as an exciting “near miss” – by …

01Jan2007

Sky Talk January 2007: The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

One of the richest yet least-known annual displays of “shooting stars” starts off the new year. But this time around, it will be sharing the sky with a brilliant source of natural “light pollution” – the Full Moon! Despite its interference, this display will still be worth watching. Among the meteor showers to grace our …