Crescent Supermoon Smiles In The West Tonight

You normally hear the term supermoon applied to an unusually close (and large) full moon, but the truth is, a supermoon can occur during other phases, too. The closest supermoons happen during full and new moon, the two times a month when the sun, Earth and moon are lined up in a row. This month’s supermoon occurred on…
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What’s That Bright Star At Dawn?

Several people have asked me in recent days what that bright “star” is shining near the sun at dawn. It’s Venus, brightest of the planets. Venus was in inferior conjunction with the sun on March 25, the date it wrapped up its evening sky run. During inferior conjunction, a planet passes between the Earth and sun…
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The Face Of Earth-Approacher 2014 JO25 / Sun Blows Off Some ‘Steam’

Tonight, we finally get a chance to see Earth-approaching asteroid 2014 JO25 canter across the sky a day hours after its closest approach to Earth. You’ll need a 3 or 4-inch telescope to find and track it, and I hope you do. Unfortunately, my skies will be cloudy, so if you see this giant hurtling rock, please…
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Venus Returns At Dawn / Sun Gets Busy

Back so soon? Venus, lately of the evening sky, has returned to view in the morning sky after speeding north of the sun during conjunction on March 25. The transition from morning to evening is swift because the planet is between the Earth and sun and relatively close to us — about 26 million miles.…
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How To Watch February 26th’s ‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse

If you’re wondering where the moon’s disappeared to, it’s in the wings waiting to eclipse the sun. On Sunday, the new moon will pass centrally in front of the sun, eclipsing it for skywatchers living along a narrow path that slices across southern Chile, Argentina, the South Atlantic and southeastern Africa. Watch the eclipse starting at…
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