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A haunting star for the month of Halloween October 9, 2014

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro, Urban Observing.
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Algol, the demon star, is a good target for October. The winking eye of Medusa, this is an eclipsing binary that goes from an easy second magnitude star to a near fourth magnitude star that can be hard to spot in urban skies.

Evening observers in the eastern time zone can see the star fade from view on Oct 13 and Nov 2. Morning observers get their best views on the 16th and 28.

You can check timing for your location using the tool from Sky and Telescope.

The starry sky with the stick figure of Perseus, and Algol marked.

Looking ENE at 10 PM on Oct 16, when Algol should be dim and difficult to see.



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