Galaxy Glow in the Dark Stars Are A Perfect Purchase For This Week's Sky Events!

Galaxy Glow in the Dark Stars Are A Perfect Purchase For This Week's Sky Events! Galaxy Glow in the Dark Stars Are A Perfect Purchase For This Week's Sky Events! Galaxy Glow in the Dark Stars Are A Perfect Purchase For This Week's Sky Events!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- 8 August 2017

Galaxy Glow in the Dark Stars Are A Perfect Purchase For This Week's Sky Events!

Galaxy Glow Stars is a new toy company founded in 2016 by a husband and wife duo. They both loved the simple vintage glow in the dark stars they enjoyed as children but wanted to add a little bit of astronomy to the mix. They added a visually stimulating constellation guide that is an excellent way to introduce astronomy and science to kids of all ages.

Galaxy Glow posts weekly sky events on their social media accounts so that parents and teachers can follow along and use their glow in the dark stars and accompanying constellation guide to create fun but educational activities at home or in the classroom that are relevant to those events.

This week's events:

Monday, August 7-Full Moon arrives at 2:11 p.m. EDT. It rises in the eastern sky just as the Sun sets and reaches its peak in the south shortly after 1 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon lies in the northeastern corner of the constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat. More significantly, in most of the world outside the Americas, observers with clear skies will see a partial lunar eclipse as the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow. Luna’s southern edge enters our planet’s dark umbral shadow at 17h22m UT and exits at 19h19m UT. Greatest eclipse occurs at 18h20m UT, when 25 percent of the Moon’s diameter resides in our planet’s shadow.

Tuesday, August 8-Jupiter appears low in the west-southwest an hour after sunset this week. The brilliant planet shines at magnitude –1.8 and dominates the evening sky. It appears against the backdrop of Virgo, some 7° to the right of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter’s disk spans 34" and shows a wealth of atmospheric detail.

Wednesday, August 9-By the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky, brilliant Venus already dominates the scene. The planet rises shortly after 3 a.m. local daylight time and stands 20° high an hour before sunrise. It’s hard to mistake Venus for anything else — at magnitude –4.0, it shines far brighter than any other object in the morning sky with the exception of the Moon. Although the view with the naked eye or through binoculars is dazzling, you’ll need a telescope to see the planet’s 14"-diameter disk, which appears about three-quarters illuminated. Venus appears against the background stars of western Gemini the Twins.

Thursday, August 10-The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 2:47 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning (11:47 p.m. PDT this evening), when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you live in western North America and start viewing around the time of least luminosity, you can see it brighten by more than a magnitude during the next five hours. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days.

Friday, August 11-The Perseid meteor shower peaks during daylight hours tomorrow, so the best viewing conditions occur tonight. Unfortunately, Full Moon occurred just a few days ago, and its bright light will drown out fainter meteors and leave the brighter ones less impressive in the prime viewing hours after midnight. Instead of seeing up to 100 meteors per hour as you might in a good year, a typical observer may see only 20 to 25 per hour. Your best bet is to view in the early morning hours of the 12th, when the shower’s radiant climbs high in the northeast. Position yourself facing north with the Moon to your back.

Saturday, August 12-Assuming you watch the Perseid show this morning, don’t pack up when twilight starts to paint the sky. About 45 minutes before the Sun comes up, look for a bright object hovering just above the horizon in the east-southeast. This is the night sky’s brightest star, magnitude –1.5 Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. From mid-northern latitudes, the luminary climbs some 4° high a half-hour before sunrise and should stand out if you have a clear and unobstructed horizon. The return of Sirius to the predawn sky was an occasion for celebration in ancient Egypt. Around 3000 b.c., this so-called heliacal rising of Sirius heralded the coming flood of the Nile River, an event upon which agriculture — and all life in Egypt — depended.

Sunday, August 13-Spectacular Saturn lies due south and at its peak altitude about an hour after sunset. It shines at magnitude 0.3 against the backdrop of southern Ophiuchus, a constellation whose brightest star glows six times fainter than the ringed planet. When viewed through a telescope, Saturn’s globe measures 17" across while its dramatic ring system spans 40" and tilts 27° to our line of sight. Tonight also offers a nice opportunity to see the planet’s seven brightest moons. The toughest to spot normally are the two inner ones — Mimas and Enceladus — which never stray far from the rings’ glare. But tonight, Enceladus reaches greatest eastern elongation just two hours after Mimas comes to greatest western elongation. Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus round our Saturn’s “magnificent seven” satellites on display.

Galaxy glow in the dark stars come in a cute little box and has a perfect price point that hits below fifteen dollars. It includes a constellation guide and storage bag for the stars.

Star lovers can find their glow in the dark stars on where they will get free 2-day shipping on orders over Forty-Nine dollars. Click below:

Use these codes at checkout to get 10-20% off!

Buy 2 get 10% Off use code GGSTAR10 at checkout.

Buy 3 get 15% Off use code GGSTAR15 at checkout.

Buy 4 get 20% Off use code GGSTAR20 at checkout.

Be sure to follow their social media accounts for weekly sky events and other creative uses for glow in the dark stars!

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