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Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpstanley/423720850/">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: Jeremy Stanley, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Clear skies, longer nights offer great star-gazing

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The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky.

O'Donoghue teaches physics, including astronomy, at St. Lawrence University, and stopped by the NCPR studios this morning to deliver an update on the current highlights in what she calls the wilderness above us.

She tells Martha Foley about Venus (hanging in the west at sundown), Saturn (nearby, but fainter and MUCH farther away), and the waning crescent, and Jupiter (both in the morning sky). And then there's the new crescent, coming Monday.

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Martha Foley
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