Mars And Jupiter RSVP

I mentioned the Jupiter-Mars conjunction up a couple days ago, but figured it was worth another reminder. Tomorrow, (Sat. Jan. 6) and Sunday morning, Jan. 7, they’ll be closest in the dawn sky. The two planets were just ⅔° apart earlier today; for the next two mornings, their separation will be less than half that.…
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Busy Skies At Dawn: Quads Meteor Shower, Mars Swoops By Jupiter

Hope you got irradiated by the bright supermoon on New Year’s night. Clouds blocked the moonrise by me but for only about 15 minutes. Soon, the moon triumphantly broke into view and blazed all night long. High clouds gave it a soft, yellow ruff early. Later, a phenomenal ice crystal halo developed with the supermoon…
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Jupiter Returns With A Bang In Close Conjunction With Venus

Yesterday, we saw some amazing closeups of Jupiter’s crazy, stormy atmosphere. Very soon, we’ll be able to see the planet with our own eyes thanks to a brief fling with Venus at dawn. On Monday morning, Nov. 13, Venus and Jupiter will be just 0.3° apart or less than half a moon diameter. The eye-catching…
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See A Beauty Morning Conjunction / Zodiacal Light Returns

We’ve hit a run of clear skies, so it feels like a shopping spree up there. Anything a skywatcher might want to see — sunsets, meteors, a last look at Saturn, the Milky Way, the latest comets — is easy pickings. It’s no wonder the hobby of astronomy can drive some people crazy with its boom…
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Tomorrow’s Venus-Mars Conjunction A Real Squeaker

After all the conjunctions at dawn in Leo the past few weeks, you’d think nature would give it a rest. Not on your life. Tomorrow morning (Thurs. Oct. 5), Venus will pass just ¼° north of Mars low in the eastern sky in … Leo! This remarkably close pair should be a beautiful sight and…
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