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 Steps On The Lion’s Paws Tonight

The moon’s getting brighter and brighter as its phase fills out this week. I can tell because it’s easier to spot my black dog on our nightly walk. Instead of blending into the darkness, she’s an inky shape against the moonlit road. Moonlight’s a strange thing. We’ve lost most of our snow cover as the…
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Bright Moon Will Ding Leonid Meteor Shower

The moon giveth, and the moon taketh away. The very thing that will make us go gaga this weekend — a close, bright supermoon — will also take a bite out of the Leonid meteor shower. Leonids appear to fly out of the constellation of Leo the Lion, hence their name. The shower occurs every…
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Please Give A Warm Welcome To Mercury And Jupiter

Merry Christmas, seasons greetings and all good things to you today! I hope you’re spending time with family and friends opening gifts or sharing a great meal. If the sky should clear tonight, you already know about watching for the full moon, but I’ve got some more good news today: after a long hiatus, not one…
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Lively Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Tomorrow, Tuesday

Watch out for flammable comet dust the next few nights. ‘Tis the season of the Leonids. This annual meteor shower, which originates from dust dribbled by comet 55P/Temple-Tuttle, peaks tomorrow and Tuesday mornings November 17-18. Every 33 years, when the comet swings into the inner solar system, Leonid numbers swell into the hundreds if not…
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