Lunar Triangle / Departing Venus Runs Into Mercury

After a busy weekend watching moonrises and lunar halos a guy needs a break. Today we catch our breath, astronomically speaking, so we can prepare for an exciting moon-star-planet conjunction and the return of Mercury on Tuesday. We’re now on UUT, universally unwanted time, better known as daylight saving time.  Studies have shown that DST…
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‘Tah-Tah, Mars!’ Venus Prepares To Depart The Dusk

Aldebaran occultation on March 4, 2017 from Doug Bock Did you get a chance to see Aldebaran and the moon last night? I caught them early in twilight when thin clouds only bothered a little. Later, they thickened and “occulted” both star and moon for the remainder of the night. I hope your skies were…
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Crescent Moon Comeback / See Tonight’s Mars-Uranus Duet In Binoculars

Annular solar eclipse as viewed from Coyhaique, Chile Let’s start today with time lapse video of Sunday’s “ring of fire” solar eclipse. It mixes images of sun in eclipse with the human scene. Notice that even at maximum eclipse — when most of the sun was covered — it was still “sunny” outside. It’s hard to…
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Mars’ Frozen Pole — Cold, Beautiful And Keeper Of Climate History

Brilliant Venus and fainter Mars seem inseparable. They’ve been sky buds for at least a month, hanging out within a few fingers of each other at dusk. While Venus is certainly one of the hottest places in the solar system with a surface temperature around 860° F (460° C), Mars is downright frigid with an…
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Moon Hangs By A Fingernail Tonight

Barely there. That’s how you might describe the moon tonight. Only 22-25 hours old, one of the thinnest crescents you’ll ever see basks in orange glow of twilight this evening (Jan. 28). New Moon occurred yesterday at 6:07 Central time, making tonight’s crescent 23 hours old for Midwesterners, 22 hours for those out East, 24…
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