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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Crescent Moon Hits The Bull’s Eye Sunday

The other day we talked about how to find the planet Mercury at dusk. Tonight, you can use the arc of the thin crescent moon to help point you to the planet, located just 8° or just shy of one fist held at arm’s length to its lower right. By Sunday night (April 10), the moon will have…
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See A Delicate, Young Moon Tonight

Watch for a very young crescent at dusk in the southwestern sky this evening. New moon occurred yesterday at 7:31 p.m. CST, making tonight’s moon just 21 hours old as seen from the Central time zone or 20 hours old (Eastern), 22 hours (Mountain) and 23 hours (Pacific). European and African skywatchers, where the moon will be…
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Old Dude Moon Joins Three Planets At Dawn Tomorrow

They call the moon “old” when it’s a crescent at dawn a day or two before new moon phase. This month’s new moon coincides with a partial solar eclipse visible in parts of Africa and Antarctica as we learned earlier today. After new phase, the moon reappears in the western evening sky as a “young” crescent. I love…
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