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.
June 30-July 1 Tonight and tomorrow night, Venus and Jupiter will be right next to each other in the western sky at nightfall. In fact, they will appear closer together than the diameter of the Moon (which, incidentally, is nearly full). Image: earthsky.org They will not be this close together in the sky again until… Read More Venus and Jupiter Collide! (Not Really)
Venus and Jupiter (and the Crescent Moon) June brings good news and bad news. First, the bad news: June 2015 is already the third rainiest month in Chicago history (as measured at Midway Airport). The good news: Whenever the skies clear, June 2015 presents a great opportunity to view Venus and Jupiter at sunset all… Read More Sunset Sky Show