Get High On Venus

Man, Venus is high at dusk. I was driving home over the weekend expecting to see it near the horizon. Instead it stood a fist high in the western sky an hour after sundown. And bright, too! Venus has moved from challenging to easy. With its altitude gain, the planet isn’t as compromised by twilight as…
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Exquisite Moon-Venus-Mercury Conjunction Sunday Night

I feel like the chamber of commerce for the current apparition of Venus and Mercury. I can’t help it. Usually, you’ll see one or the other at dusk or dawn, but the two have been paired up low in the western sky for more than week. For anyone who’s never seen Mercury, this will be…
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All Day And All Of The Night — The Sky From Sunset To Sunrise

In 1964 the Kinks released the hit song All Day and All of the Night, a title I’m flagrantly appropriating because there’s good stuff to see in the sky this month from start to finish. Still a great tune, BTW. First, you can’t pass up Venus and Mercury together in the western sky at dusk.…
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Mercury And Venus Have A Crazy-Cool Conjunction, Remain Close Compadres

Mercury puts in its best evening appearance of the year this month. And it does it in great company, right next to the planet Venus. The two will be just 1° apart this evening and remain within 5° of each other through March 22. In the coming days, Mercury will slide up to the right…
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Venus Returns At Dusk In Conjunction With The Paper-Thin Moon

Remember Venus? The last time most of us saw it was in late November low in the east at dawn. That’s also the same time Saturn made its last appearance at dusk in the west. That makes Venus the first bright planet to return to the evening sky for almost three months.  Sure feels longer.…
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