Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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Crescent Moon Meets The ‘Little King’ Tonight

We may not see many total eclipses in our lifetime, but nature provides plenty of smaller celestial alignments we can enjoy almost anytime. Awareness of the simplest of things, the moon’s night-to-night track across the sky for instance, guarantees we’ll see it pair up in pretty conjunctions with bright stars and planets every month. And none of…
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Moon-Planet Conjunctions — The Possibilities Are Infinite!

Every month, the traveling moon circles across the entire sky, passing through the 12 constellations of the zodiac and briefly lining up with various bright planets that currently inhabit those star groups: Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Ophiuchus (not an official zodiac constellation, but that’s another story) and Venus in Pisces. The alignments are called conjunctions,…
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Venus And Uranus Go Bump In The Dawn

Tomorrow morning, you can see see the hottest planet in the solar system pair up in conjunction with the coldest. That would be Venus, with a surface temperature of 864°F (462°C), and remote Uranus with cloud tops chillin’ at –357°F (–216°C). Venus is the most brilliant planet and easy to spot if you have a clear view to…
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How To See Jupiter In Broad Daylight Today

Up for a naked eye challenge? Most of us look for planets in a dark sky, or with Venus and Mercury, in twilight. But there are ways to view the brighter planets while the sun is still up. Go-to telescopes can point to bright stars and planets automatically, but hey, that’s cheating. Today, we’re going to…
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