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!
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
Skywatching: June 8-12 If you look toward the west just after sunset this week, you will see a string of bright lights. The brightest two are the planets Venus (the brightest planet) and Jupiter. Venus is below and to the right of Jupiter, and as the days pass this month, Venus will appear closer and… Read More Western Lights