Simple Tool May Help You Spot The Crescent Venus By Eye Alone

Well, not the last chance in your lifetime. But you have less than a week left in Venus’s current run as “evening star” for one of visual astronomy’s greatest challenges — to see the crescent Venus with nothing more than your eyes. No binoculars. No telescope. To aid you in your quest I want to…
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Corvus Will Give You Something To Crow About

Crows and ravens get a bad rap. In movies they’re often associated with doom, death and evil. Is it the raucous”caw-caw” that sets people on edge or do we associate their black plumage with darkness and death? I like crows and ravens. They’re clever and intelligent birds. Some use twigs and branches to tease out…
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Dusk And Dawn Planet Antics / Comet SWAN Update

If it’s clear tonight grab your binoculars and your naked eyes and look low in the western sky 45 minutes to an hour after sunset. You’ll see Venus still bright and just below it the planet Mercury. They’re in conjunction tonight just one degree apart. Then on Saturday evening catch the pair again along with…
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My Morning With Comet SWAN

At a restaurant we wait patiently for our food to arrive not unlike waiting for Comet SWAN to wend its way up from the Southern Hemisphere sky to the North.  For me that moment arrived at dawn today, May 19th. Weeks ago I expected a visual feast. What I saw this morning more of a…
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How To Easily Find The Space Station With A Phone App

The International Space Station’s (ISS) back! It’s returned to the evening sky for northern mid-latitude skywatchers through early June. Because the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun this time of year and the space station’s orbit also tilts strongly northward it remains in the sunlight throughout much of the northern loop of its orbit.…
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