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East Bay Moon Crescent/Photo by Stephan Hoglund

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

 


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Mars {NASA /Flikr}

Northern Sky: October 3

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

A busy sky before sunrise, with planets gathering; Mars easiest to find on the 15th; in the evening, Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish.

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Full Moon Eclipse {Greg Gjerdingen /Flickr}

Northern Sky: September 19

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Fall equinox arrives at 3:21am on September 23; morning sky activity with Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Regulus; a Harvest Moon on the 27, complete with a total eclipse.

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Zodiacal Light, illustration by Rambosson {Rankin /Flickr}

Northern Sky: September 5

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Mars and Venus climbing in the morning sky; comparing the brightest planet to the brightest star; zodiacal light in the east; and soon the Harvest Moon (Sep 27).

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Perseid Meteor Shower {NASA /Flickr}

Northern Sky: August 8

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

The Perseid meteor showers at their best in the learly monrnings of August 11-14; Saturn at east quadrature on the 21st; Lyra and mony more constellations.

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Blue Moon {tonnyetone /Flickr}

Northern Sky: July 25

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Saturn easy to find on Saturday July 25; a Blue Moon (hear Deane's explanation of the term) on July 31; Draco the Dragon; Sirus the Dog Star 'adding its heat' to the Dog Days of August; plus New Horizons news from Pluto at nasa.gov.

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Pluto from Chiron {Bill Lile /Flickr}

Northern Sky: July 12

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Dark skies with the new moon on the 15th; good viewing of several planets, especially with binoculars; NASA's New Horizons space craft flies by Pluto on July 14th.

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Milky Way {Matthew Savage /Flickr}

Northern Sky: June 27

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Venus and Jupiter at their closest to each other on June 30; a full moon travelling a low trajectory on July 1; Sagitarius, Scorpius and Saturn.

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New Horizons Mission to Pluto {NASA /Flickr}

Northern Sky: June 13

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

The distance between Venus and Jupiter shrinking; New Horizon spacecraft closing in on Pluto; The double dwarf system of Pluto and Charon; and the teaspoon of stars hanging above the teapot of Sagitarius.

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Venus, Jupiter and the Moon {Dave Schumaker /Flickr}

Northern Sky: May 30

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Lots of activity for Venus; the Beehive Cluster; the Gemini 'triplets'; plus a full Strawberry moon on June 2nd.

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Rings Around Saturn {Stuart Rankin /Flickr}

Northern Sky: May 16

Deane Morrison is a science writer at the University of Minnesota. She authors the Minnesota Starwatch column, and contributes to WTIP bi-weekly on the Monday North Shore Morning program through "Northern Sky," where she shares what's happening with stars, planets and more.

Saturn opposite the sun and at the peak of brightness; large particles in Saturn's rings; Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest lights in the western sky after sunset (they meet on June 30th).

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