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BY WAYNE HARRIS-WYRICK wwyrick@sciencemuseumok.org Modified: November 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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Conjunction

When two objects line up line-of-sight as seen from Earth, astronomers refer to it as a conjunction. A conjunction of Venus and Saturn occurs in the predawn sky Nov. 27. The two will be separated from our point of view by little more than the width of the full moon. And to boot, Mercury will be about half way between the pair and the southeastern horizon at 6:30 a.m.

Planetarium

The Oklahoma Science Museum can't launch your satellite for you, but you can learn what's coming up in the night sky. “Tonight's Sky” runs daily in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium Star Theater. Visit the web site at www.sciencemuseumok.org or call 602-3761 for details.

The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club meets at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the museum. Guests are free and welcome.

Planet Visibility Report: Jupiter and Mars are up at sunset, but on opposite sides of the sky. Mars is low in the west, while Jupiter rises in the east. Venus and Saturn play tag in the eastern pre-dawn sky all month, while Mercury joins them mid-month. New moon occurs Nov. 13 with full moon Nov. 28.

More information can be found at:

Pongsats: http://www.space.com/17589-pongsat-ping-pong-balls-space-balloon.html

Cubesat: http://www.cubesatkit.com/

NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html

Wayne Harris-Wyrick is director of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium at Science Museum Oklahoma. Email questions or comments to wwyrick@sciencemuseumok.org.



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