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Cosmic Valentine’s Day wishes for you

14 Feb 2012, 17:30 UTC
Cosmic Valentine’s Day wishes for you Bob King
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Happy’s Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re feeling a cosmic connection with friends, lovers, family and of course the stars. The moon is past last quarter phase and rises well after midnight very near the bright red star Antares in Scorpius … Continue reading →

May you be touched by cosmic love on Valentine's Day. Photo illustration: Bob King
Happy’s Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re feeling a cosmic connection with friends, lovers, family and of course the stars. The moon is past last quarter phase and rises well after midnight very near the bright red star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion. Check it out if you’re up at dawn tomorrow morning.
The moon and Antares tomorrow morning. Maps made with Stellarium
And if you have telescope and want to get in that Valentine’s mood, I heartily recommend looking up the Rosette Nebula in the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn. This stunning gas cloud is a pink rose in full bloom complete with anthers (a star cluster at its center) and multiple petals of nebulosity. From a dark sky, you can even see it in binoculars as a packet of stars wrapped in a ball of faint mist.
The beautiful Rosette Nebula and ...

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