This weekend is forecast to be a snowy one in Chicago, but the next time there is a clear evening, look for brilliant Venus dominating the southwestern sky at twilight and through the early evening. Once you find Venus, look diagonally above and to the left until you find Mars; it is much fainter than… Read More Venus Chases Mars
Venus is prominent in the evening twilight. Look for it in the southwest after sunset. Venus will be visible in the evening all winter. Before we came to understand that Venus is a planet, it was called the “Evening Star” because it only appeared in the evening and then would disappear for months. There was also… Read More Venus’s Starring Role
Skywatching: January 29-February 1 All the naked-eye planets are visible in the morning sky before sunrise. You have probably heard the news reports about being able to see five planets at once. This doesn’t happen very often, but it also is not some kind of weird cosmic alignment. It just means that if you were to… Read More The Time Is Now for Seeing 5 Planets At Once
Skywatching: December 4-7 If you want to see any planets this month, wake up before sunrise. I was up early this morning (Friday) and noticed the skies have cleared over Chicago, at last. Over the next few days, the waning crescent Moon is going to “visit” three planets visible in the morning sky before sunrise.… Read More Waning Crescent
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!