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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The March To Venus

I shouldn’t be surprised when the moon returns to the evening sky, but somehow I always am. Maybe it’s because it’s gone for so long, rising so late that most of us lose track of where it is. Then all at once, it’s back and in its loveliest guise — a slender crescent. I’m so partial to crescents,…
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Beware The Black Moon This Halloween

As if chased by dark spirits, the moon won’t linger long on Halloween night. The last we heard of its whereabouts was Friday morning, when some of you got to see the sharp-tipped crescent swing by the planet Jupiter at dawn. Shortly after, it slipped out of the picture on its way to new moon…
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See The Dawn Crescent Before Its African Eclipse

Many of us are focused on next year’s total solar eclipse which will be widely visible across the U.S., but in truth, eclipses happen every year. Some are total, some are partial and some are annular. On Thursday, skywatchers across central Africa and Madagascar will witness the year’s second solar eclipse. The first in March…
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Observing Challenge — See A Slim Crescent, Venus, Mercury And Jupiter At Dusk

Every so often in this blog we feature an observing challenge. Since the summer weather’s so nice and you have a little free time after dinner, why not grab your binoculars and head out to the nearest western horizon shortly after sunset. If the air is transparent with no haze or clouds obstructing the view, tomorrow…
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