The Planets And Moon Have Something Nice In Store

Earlier this morning, Mars and Mercury passed very close to one another low in the eastern sky at dawn. Sunday morning (Sept. 17), they’ll still be just ½° apart and preceded by the star Regulus, planet Venus and the crescent moon.  It gets even better on the 18th, when the moon, now sliver-thin, resides like a…
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Conjunction Madness At Dawn: Mercury, Regulus And Mars

I can’t believe Mars is back at dawn already. It’s not easy to see just yet, but it’s in great company with Mercury and Leo’s brightest star, Regulus about an hour to 45 minutes before sunrise low in the eastern sky. All three objects, along with Venus and the dawn crescent moon, are or will…
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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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