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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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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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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