Friday, April 29, 2011

Events for the Week 4/29 to 5/6

Can you link astronomy with the royal wedding of Kate and Prince William? Of course you can! Observe:
"So you think the royal wedding was a spectacle? Hah. Late tonight the 10.3-magnitude asteroid 7 Iris will occult an identically bright star in Cancer for up to 13 seconds as seen from a track running from northern Washington State through Iowa and Illinois to Virginia and North Carolina."
The magnificence of the royal wedding can't compare to measly little 7 Iris, but who knows. 7 Iris occulting will be a great sight as well as the royal wedding that occurred today!

Events for the week of April 29th (Friday) to May 6th (Friday).

April 30, 2011 Events

If you can see the star cluster Coma Berenices that is often hidden by life pollution, if will be a great sight tonight. If you can also find Denebola (which is a third of a way to from Coma Berenices) located in the constellation Leo: at the end of the Big Dipper's handle. Below is a helpful picture to find this dim star cluster. Its forty stars are magnitude five to ten, hard to view with the naked eye.