Venus Returns At Dusk In Conjunction With The Paper-Thin Moon

Remember Venus? The last time most of us saw it was in late November low in the east at dawn. That’s also the same time Saturn made its last appearance at dusk in the west. That makes Venus the first bright planet to return to the evening sky for almost three months.  Sure feels longer.…
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Tonight’s Scrap-of-a-Moon Challenge

Tonight’s moon will barely be there, but that’s exactly what will make it so beautiful. New moon occurred yesterday at 8:17 p.m. (Central Time), making this evening’s moon just 20 hours old from the East Coast, 21 hours from the Midwest, 22 from the mountain states and 23 from the West Coast. Very young and…
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Apollo 11 Anniversary And A Morning Moon Invitation

48 years ago today, humans walked on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, an ancient lava plain, at 3:18 p.m. CDT July 20. About 6 ½  hours later at 9:56 p.m., Armstrong emerged from the lunar module; Aldrin followed some 20 minute later. The guys…
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Spot A Young Moon After Sunset Tonight

I apologize for the late notice. I’ve been working on a new book about the sky and completely lost track of time. I just wanted to alert you to tonight’s moon, just 2 days past new. You can watch for it low in the northwestern sky starting about 45 minutes after sundown. A pretty sliver…
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Venus Returns At Dawn / Sun Gets Busy

Back so soon? Venus, lately of the evening sky, has returned to view in the morning sky after speeding north of the sun during conjunction on March 25. The transition from morning to evening is swift because the planet is between the Earth and sun and relatively close to us — about 26 million miles.…
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