Skywatching: November 6-7 In case you haven’t been able to check out the morning grouping of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars yet this week, there is still time. In fact, tomorrow morning, the waning crescent Moon joins the group, near Venus and Mars. The best time is before 5:45 am CST; by 6:00 am, the dawn… Read More Wake Up Early for Planets, Continued
Skywatching: November 3-5 All the planetary action this month is in the morning sky. On Tuesday morning, Venus will appear right next to Mars in the eastern sky before dawn. Look for the brightest point of light you can see in the eastern sky before dawn; that is Venus. Orange-colored Mars will be right next to… Read More Wake Up Early for Planets!
September 27 Tonight’s total lunar eclipse begins at 8:07 pm CDT, when the Moon first enters the dark part of the Earth’s shadow. At 9:11 pm CDT, the Moon is completely within Earth’s shadow. At 10:23 pm CDT, the Moon begins to emerge from behind Earth’s shadow. At 11:27 pm CDT, the eclipse ends as… Read More Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse
Skywatching: August 22 The Moon is a First Quarter Moon this Saturday, August 22. And on Saturday night, the Moon will be just above and to the left of the planet Saturn. Saturn is currently the lone planet visible (to the naked eye) in the evening sky. As the weeks progress, Saturn will set earlier… Read More Moon and Saturn, Redux
Skywatching: July 25 Venus and Jupiter are leaving the evening sky, leaving Saturn as the only remaining naked-eye planet visible in the evening. This Saturday night, the Moon sidles up right next to Saturn, making it especially easy to find. The Cassini mission has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. It has not only been an… Read More Moon and Saturn
Venus and Jupiter, on the evening of June 30, 2015, as seen from an alley in my neighborhood in Chicago. Tonight and tomorrow night (July 1) the two planets are closer together in the sky than the width of the Full Moon.