How To See Venus In Broad Daylight Today Feb. 27

Earlier this week I wrote about the crescent moon passing near Venus tonight (Feb. 27). If you go out at dusk and look up in the southwestern sky you can’t miss it. Venus and the moon will be about 5 degrees apart all day today. Since most pairs of binoculars cover 5-7 degrees of sky,…
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Moon Creeps Up On Venus And Betelgeuse Brightens

A fresh face appears in the evening sky this week. Look low in the west tonight (Feb. 25) below beaming Venus, and you’ll see a delicate crescent moon with its horns tilted upward. Little devil. It moves about a fist a night upward, making a fairly close pass of Venus on Thursday, Feb. 27.  Conjunctions…
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How To Use An Ursa Major To Find A Leo

Use a bear to find a lion? I can’t think of a better way. In late February, the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeastern sky at nightfall. Can’t miss it. The handle is actually the tail of the Great Bear called Ursa Major. The Dipper forms only the brightest part of the…
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Venus, The Zodiacal Light And A Stealthy Visitor

Last night I drove to the country to check on the zodiacal light. I was joined by a wolf! More on that encounter in a minute. Beginning about February and continuing into early May the ecliptic, the path the planets, sun and moon follow across the sky, meets the western horizon at a steep angle.…
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Planets For The Picking With The Old Moon In Tow

Hopefully, the jack-in-the-box aurora that popped out last night will return tonight. Skywatchers in the northern states should check the northern horizon between about 9 and midnight (CST) tonight (Feb. 19) for arcs and movement. Whether the northern lights shimmy back or decline to show, you can always count on the planets. Tomorrow morning at…
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