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The March To Venus

I shouldn’t be surprised when the moon returns to the evening sky, but somehow I always am. Maybe it’s because it’s gone for so long, rising so late that most of us lose track of where it is. Then all at once, it’s back and in its loveliest guise — a slender crescent. I’m so partial to crescents,…
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Supermoon Dominates The Sky Tonight … But There’s More

Maybe because it’s been clear where I live for the past week, the moon’s been putting on a show like none other. We’ve been able to watch it wax from crescent through gibbous phases as on its way to tonight’s grand supermoon finale. Last night, the moon was so bright and so high, it felt…
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Aurora Surprise Tonight / Venus-Moon A Sweet Sight

A low arc glowed along the northern horizon earlier tonight, hinting at a possible auroral display. After nodding off (yes, I do get a little sleep now and then), I stepped outside at 11:15 to discover dancing rays and pulsing “flames” above the treetops. It’s still happening now, so open the door, allow your eyes five…
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Exquisite Venus-Jupiter Conjunction This Weekend

I wrote about this in an earlier blog, but I just wanted to give you a reminder about Saturday’s very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter low in the western sky shortly after sundown. Tonight, the duo will be about 1° apart, on Saturday just 0.1° (⅕ of the moon’s diameter) and on Sunday they’ll…
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A Week Of Exceptional Planetary Conjunctions

After a quiet weekend sky-wise, we’ve got a busy week ahead. On Tuesday night, Mars and Saturn will line up with Antares in Scorpius followed on Saturday by the closest conjunction of two naked-eye planets for the year. On Saturday evening, August 27, Venus and Jupiter will approach within a hair’s breadth of each other as viewed…
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