Moon 1 day crescent Jan 31, 2014 B FEA

See A Delicate, Young Moon Tonight

Watch for a very young crescent at dusk in the southwestern sky this evening. New moon occurred yesterday at 7:31 p.m. CST, making tonight’s moon just 21 hours old as seen from the Central time zone or 20 hours old (Eastern), 22 hours (Mountain) and 23 hours (Pacific). European and African skywatchers, where the moon will be…
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Venus and Saturn trade places as they pass one another in conjunction this weekend. Closest approach will be Saturday morning for skywatchers in the Americas. Source: Stellarium

Venus And Saturn Alright, Alright, Alright

I like to think of Matthew McConaughey, who played Cooper in Interstellar, watching Saturday’s super-close conjunction between Venus and Saturn. Two worlds as different as Miller (a water world) and Mann (an ice world), he and the crew visited in the movie. Saturn — cold, distant, enormous and Venus —  hot, nearby and small. Both have at least one thing…
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Saturn Venus Jan 9FEA

Venus And Saturn On ‘Collision-course’ Conjunction

If you’ve been up at dawn this past week, you may have noticed a new planet in the morning sky. Saturn, King of the Rings, has returned! You can spot it about 60 to 75 minutes  before sunrise low in the southeastern sky a few degrees from brilliant Venus in Scorpius the Scorpion. You’ll also notice fiery…
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Chris Schur of Payson, Arizona had perfect conditions for watching the crescent moon approach Venus just before the planet was occulted. Credit: Chris Schur

Pictures And Videos Of The Venus-Comet-Moon Get-Together

Clouds, clouds and more clouds. No seeing the beautiful conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon at dawn this morning from my abode. Or watching the bright planet disappear behind the moon’s dull limb. I hope you did better. Either way, here are a few photos of what some of us missed. Enjoy! Video of…
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On the morning of Nov. 6, a thicker crescent passed abut 3° south of Jupiter. Click on the image for a larger version where you can see three of Jupiter's moon. Credit: Jonathan McElvery

Cool Conjunctions And More Auroras

Venus and the crescent moon met at dawn in the eastern sky this morning. I hope you saw this fine conjunction. Some, like Gary Froelich of New Mexico, got a free upgrade when the International Space Station (ISS) passed directly across the face of the moon! Auroras reached as far south as southern Minnesota and…
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