Can You See The Russian Landers And Rovers On The Moon? Yes!

We don’t hear much about the Soviet program to explore and return samples of the moon to Earth, but the Russians were busy with lunar missions right from the start of the get-go. The first in a series of 24 flyby, lander and sample-return missions, dubbed the Luna Program, began with the Jan. 2, 1959 launch…
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Goodbye Moon! But Will The Green Comet Still Show?

Last week, several people asked about seeing “the comet.” They meant 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova — a mouthful, so the comet made sense. I’d written about 45P in an earlier blog when it was visible in the morning sky just before dawn and after moonset. But last Thursday, moonlight encroached on this fuzzy, spread-out object and pretty much blanked it…
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Penumbral Charm / Moon’s Next Move / Jupiter’s Curly Top

Who knew shadows could be so cool? Especially one half-flooded with sunlight! Hopefully you got to see at least part of yesterday’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Seeing any full moon rise is a pleasure, but this one had the added benefit of Earth’s shadow. The shading was subtle at first but became increasingly obvious as the…
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Get Set For Friday’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Friday evening, the Full Snow Moon will look a little weird when it rises in the eastern sky at sundown. That’s because for much of the U.S., the moon will already be in eclipse. Our favorite and only natural satellite slides through Earth’s outer shadow or penumbra that evening. During a partial or total lunar eclipse, the full moon passes…
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More Power To The Moon Or How To See Aldebaran In Daylight

The moon’s always up to something. We’ll watch it wax this week from crescent to better than half, all the while moving to the east as it orbits the Earth. After last night’s pleasing double conjunction with the planets Venus and Mars, all’s quiet on the sky stage until this Sunday, Feb. 5. That day,…
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