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Dan Caton at the DSO 32-inch telescope

Basic Information

Dates of phases of the moon

Telescope recommendations

Up in the Air is a column written by Dr. Dan Caton, and published monthly, on the second Monday, in the SciTech section of the Charlotte Observer (and the Raleigh News and Observer), and gives information on interesting phenomena seen in the sky.

This web site is in support of that column, and will provide additional links and information about the topic discussed this month.

Further information on this month's column as published online 2/6-7/2016 and in print 2/8:

More detailson the new planet are found here.

More information on the temporary naming of Eris as "Xena" is found here.

I have provided below a map of the mid-February sky for about 10:00 pm. Note the Milky Way crossing the evening sky! Of course, the star appear to move overhead during the night the same way as the sun does during the day–this chart is for about 10 p.m. To use the chart, hold it out in front of you above eye level. Rotate it such that the label for the direction you are facing is down. For example, facing south you want the “South” label at the bottom (as you are holding it now). The circle represents the horizon, the center of the chart represents the zenith point directly overhead. The CAPITALS are the constellation names. Other names are stars, planets, galaxies or star clusters. The shaded area shows the location of the Milky Way.

You may email the author at catondb@appstate.edu

January 10 pm sky