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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Venus Squared Then Straight To Andromeda

I wonder how many millions of people have noticed Venus shining in the western sky at dusk? Only the moon is more obvious. It will soon return to the evening sky, but for now, darkness reigns at nightfall. Astute skywatchers have also noticed how Venus and Mars have been inching closer together over the past month.…
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The Secret To Finding All Eight Planets On Your Own

I love sharing the news of planets, conjunctions, comets and all the rest with you guys. But you might be a do-it-yourself kind of person that likes strike out on their own. If so, here’s my two-step process to find every planet in the solar system. Step 1: Follow the moon, which any of us can…
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