Sun Keeps Close Company With The Planets / New Color Maps Of Saturn’s Moons

Hidden by sunlight today, the New Moon and three planets parade across the sky in the constellations Libra and Scorpius. It’s a big celestial gathering and one of the reasons few planets are visible in the evening sky this month — they’re all too close to the Sun. Mars escapes the glare and so does…
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Tomorrow’s New Moon Foretells October’s Solar Eclipse

New moons aren’t much to look at. You can’t even see them most months of the year. That’s true for tomorrow’s new moon which will invisibly accompany the sun in its journey across the sky. New moons occur about once a month when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. We can’t see them…
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Feel Young Again! – Catch Sight Of The Infant Moon Tonight

While winds and snow in my neck of the woods guarantee an overcast night, you might be more fortunate. If so, I encourage you to look for a very young and thin lunar crescent at dusk tonight. For U.S. skywatchers the moon will be anywhere from 21.5 hours old (East Coast) to 24.5 hours old…
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NASA’s LADEE Probe Reaches Moon; Lunar Crescent And Venus Pair Up At Dusk

LADEE will explore the makeup of the moon’s flimsy atmosphere and test a cutting-edge communications system NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) safely entered lunar orbit yesterday and will soon test its futuristic laser communications system. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration aboard LADEE will link up with ground stations in New Mexico, California…
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In Darkness The Moon Is Reborn

What’s old today but instantly becomes young again tomorrow? If you guessed the moon, you’re right! Today the moon winds up its current cycle of phases as an exceedingly thin crescent so close to the sun it’s invisible in the solar glare. The moon’s cycle has always been a metaphor for life. Every month it’s…
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