After A Stunning Conjunction The Moon Eclipses The Sun And Summer Begins

It stung a little not being able to see the conjunction of the crescent moon and crescent Venus. We had clouds, but others, like photographer Alex Conu of Oslo, Norway, were luckier. He photographed the conjunction in full daylight then set down his camera to watched through his telescope as the lunar crescent slowly covered…
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Venus Returns In A Wonderful Dawn Conjunction With The Sliver Moon

On Friday morning, June 19 a slender lunar crescent will pair up with Venus low in the northeastern sky at dawn. Venus has been lost in the solar glare in recent weeks after its June 3rd conjunction with the Sun. It returns this week in a big and beautiful way with the moon. But you’ll…
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Barnard’s Star — Watch It Move Before Your Eyes

More than a thousand years before Copernicus, the Greek astronomer Aristarchus postulated that the sun was at the center of the solar system, not the Earth. He lived 23 centuries ago between 310 and 230 B.C. Yet if Aristarchus could stand under tonight’s night sky he would see virtually the identical constellation patterns as we…
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You Simply Must See M6 And M7, Summer’s Brightest Star Clusters

In fall and winter, the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters brighten our nights. Both are plainly visible without optical aid even from the suburbs. And every spring, the Beehive Cluster in Cancer the crab looks like a fuzzy glow resembling a comet. But when it comes to summer you can’t do better than M6 and…
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Mars Nips Neptune Plus A Beginner’s Guide To The Red Planet

There’s a minor traffic jam in the sky Friday morning (June 12). The last quarter moon will shine less that a fist (about 8°) to the right of bright Mars at the same time Mars passes just 1.75° south of Neptune. If you haven’t been up at dawn in a while Mars has really brightened…
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