2020 Astronomical Highlights … Or Why You Should Never Skip Dessert

I like dessert. I’ll sometimes eat it before the main meal. I tell myself I could drop dead at any time, so why not end it with something sweet? That was my inspiration for compiling this list of the sweetest and best night-sky sights for the brand new year. Of course, there will be dozens…
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A Semicolon Conjunction Of Venus And The Moon

The semicolon may be the most misunderstand and least used of the punctuation marks. Periods and commas are a dime a dozen. Exclamation points are overused. But when and where do you stick a semicolon? A semicolon looks like a period stacked on top of a comma and is used to separate two related sentences…
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Love Note To Venus

I’m in love. With Venus. What is it about this planet that excites me each time it returns to the evening or morning sky? Venus spends weeks or months lost in the solar glare. Finally, with great perseverance, it frees itself from the sun’s grasp and shines with a bright light of its own like…
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Full Cold Moon Will Warm You Up Inside

Tonight’s the Full Cold Moon, a good fit for the temperatures expected at my home this evening. Watch for the fat moon to rise around sunset and shine all night as it rides Taurus the Bull from horizon to horizon. The moment of greatest fullness occurs at 11:12 p.m. Central Time (12:12 p.m. Eastern, 10:12…
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Farewell Parting Of The Evening Planets

Since late last month, Venus has been playing tag with the evening planets at dusk, providing lots of pretty viewing and photographic opportunities. I hate to break the news, but that’s about to end. Venus is now nudging toward Saturn and will pass it in conjunction on Dec. 10-11. Jupiter’s hunkered down in bright twilight…
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