Enjoy A Venus Aperitif Before Tomorrow Morning’s Occultation

An aperitif is an alcoholic drink you take before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Tonight, a close conjunction of Venus and the star Regulus offers a visual aperitif for tomorrow morning’s occultation / close conjunction of the waning crescent moon and Aldebaran. You’ll find the pair — along with Mercury — low in the…
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The Moon, Regulus And An Opportunity

Can you see stars in daylight? The sun of course, but there are others if you know just where to look. I cheat by using the moon for assistance, a method I’ll share with you in a moment. Sirius, the brightest nighttime star, has been seen without optical aid before sunset as have the bright…
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Moon Makes A Winter Heptagon Then Touches The Lion’s Heart

Tonight the waxing gibbous moon joins the six bright winter stars that form the giant Winter Hexagon asterism to create a temporary 7-sided-figure or heptagon. The bright moon lingers at the border of Gemini, with its twin bright stars, Pollux and Castor, and dim Cancer. Each night, our satellite travels eastward (to the left) about…
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Leo Begs The Cosmic Question

Is there life elsewhere in the universe? These is one of the most often asked questions we have when looking up at the night sky. As if to give shape to our wondering, Leo the Lion thrusts a question mark in our faces every clear February evening. Face east and look a little more than two…
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Occultation Alert: A Dramatic Disappearance And Reappearance Of Regulus

One of the sky’s brightest stars will be blanked out by the waning crescent moon in a dramatic morning occultation this Sunday, Oct. 15. The event happens in a dark sky before and at dawn for all of the U.S. and Central America.  There are only four bright stars that are ever occulted by the…
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