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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Total Eclipse Totally Excellent

It just cleared off in time here in northern Minnesota for the this morning’s total lunar eclipse. Clouds at 5 a.m., breakup at 5:30 and in the clear at 5:45. What a stately event the eclipse was. My friends and I watched from the bay side of Lake Superior in steady 20-30 mph winds with…
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Viewing Tips And Times For Tomorrow Morning’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Tomorrow’s the big day. Before most of us go to work in the morning, there’ll be a total eclipse of the moon. Unlike the brief experience of totality during a total solar eclipse, the moon will remain inside Earth’s inner shadow called the umbra for over an hour. The eastern U.S. will only see a…
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Red Moon At Dawn! Don’t Miss The Jan. 31 Total Lunar Eclipse

Scrawl a big circle around the date Jan. 31. That Wednesday morning, the full moon will toddle into Earth’s shadow and be eclipsed. Unlike the August solar eclipse, where you had to be standing inside a 100-mile-wide strip to see totality, total lunar eclipses are visible across half the planet anywhere the moon is up.…
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Whale Of A Star Occulted By Tonight’s Half-Moon

Like whale watching? A star called Xi2 (ξ2) Ceti (prounced “zye-two”) in the constellation Cetus the Whale will be occulted tonight (Jan. 24) by the half moon. While not a prominent star (only magnitude 4.3), it’s bright enough to watch disappear behind the moon’s dark limb with the smallest of telescopes and possibly even a…
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