On the morning of Nov. 6, a thicker crescent passed abut 3° south of Jupiter. Click on the image for a larger version where you can see three of Jupiter's moon. Credit: Jonathan McElvery

Cool Conjunctions And More Auroras

Venus and the crescent moon met at dawn in the eastern sky this morning. I hope you saw this fine conjunction. Some, like Gary Froelich of New Mexico, got a free upgrade when the International Space Station (ISS) passed directly across the face of the moon! Auroras reached as far south as southern Minnesota and…
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Planetary Perambulations, Moon Brighten Dark November Morns

If you haven’t had your fill yet of dawn’s planetary perambulations, a smile of a crescent moon joins the fray for back-to-back conjunctions with Jupiter and Venus this week. On Friday morning, the moon slides 2° south of Jupiter; 24 hours later, it passes even closer to Venus, just 1.1° or two moon diameters. That’s…
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Full Hunter’s Mega-Moon Lights The Night Oct. 26-27

I could have gotten shot. Yesterday I drove 30 miles to a favorite trail, got out of the car and just as I was about to begin my hike, heard a loud gunshot. Hmmm … maybe I’m not going for that walk after all. Instead I drove another 15 miles to a different trailhead and…
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Over 700 miles across, Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) is the largest lunar sea. Its roughly circular shape is defined by a series of mountains ranges just coming into good view tonight and the next few nights. Credit: Joseph Brimacombe

Share An Evening With The First Quarter Moon

I’m a tireless moon booster. There are just so many ways of enjoying our only natural satellite. Whether walking by its light, trying to discern a rabbit, woman or man in that shiny ball or roving across its crater-riddled regolith (lunar soil) with binoculars and telescope, the moon is multi-dimensional. Tonight it’s at half or first quarter phase,…
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And Then There Were Four! Elusive Mercury Joins The Dawn Planet Parade

No question about it. Mercury can be shy. There are only a few times a year when the innermost planet puts in an appearance for observers in mid-northern latitudes. Since it never gets far from the sun, the angle at which it rises (or sets) has to be steep enough to clear the horizon haze.…
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