‘Tah-Tah, Mars!’ Venus Prepares To Depart The Dusk

Aldebaran occultation on March 4, 2017 from Doug Bock Did you get a chance to see Aldebaran and the moon last night? I caught them early in twilight when thin clouds only bothered a little. Later, they thickened and “occulted” both star and moon for the remainder of the night. I hope your skies were…
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Crescent Moon Comeback / See Tonight’s Mars-Uranus Duet In Binoculars

Annular solar eclipse as viewed from Coyhaique, Chile Let’s start today with time lapse video of Sunday’s “ring of fire” solar eclipse. It mixes images of sun in eclipse with the human scene. Notice that even at maximum eclipse — when most of the sun was covered — it was still “sunny” outside. It’s hard to…
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Moon Hangs By A Fingernail Tonight

Barely there. That’s how you might describe the moon tonight. Only 22-25 hours old, one of the thinnest crescents you’ll ever see basks in orange glow of twilight this evening (Jan. 28). New Moon occurred yesterday at 6:07 Central time, making tonight’s crescent 23 hours old for Midwesterners, 22 hours for those out East, 24…
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Venus Squared Then Straight To Andromeda

I wonder how many millions of people have noticed Venus shining in the western sky at dusk? Only the moon is more obvious. It will soon return to the evening sky, but for now, darkness reigns at nightfall. Astute skywatchers have also noticed how Venus and Mars have been inching closer together over the past month.…
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Start Your Day With Mercury

These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for the planet Mercury, now making a pleasing appearance in the southeastern sky at dawn. After a short drive to a location with a wide open horizon facing that direction, I watched the little planet climb above a…
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