Convergence of Jupiter and Venus: Telescope

  The convergence of Jupiter and Venus culminates on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 with a CLOSE CONJUNCTION of these planets! At their closest approach, these two planets will be SO CLOSE, only 1/3 of a degree, or 20 arcminutes apart! This is close enough to fit inside the same field of view of binoculars, or a telescope at low power! … Continue reading

Lunar Conjunctions in June

  LUNAR CONJUNCTIONS: Pay special attention to the Moon this coming weekend, as the New Moon emerges from the glow of the sunset, to signal the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tammuz. The waxing crescent Moon will enter the scene on Friday, June 19, when it will appear below Venus and Jupiter after sunset. By the next evening, Saturday, … Continue reading

Jupiter and Venus Draw Close!

  Throughout the month of June, Venus and Jupiter have been drawing closer with each passing night. But the closer these two planets get, the more change you will observe with each passing night! By the evening of Monday, June 15, Jupiter and Venus will be separated by only 10 degrees! If you hold out your fist at arm’s length, … Continue reading

2015 Outdoor Family Astronomy Campout

Come spend a week in the natural beauty of the U.P., along the shores of Lake Superior. So far, we only have one dark sky camping event currently in the planning stages for this year. We will return to the pristine, inky-black skies of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from August 11-15, 2015. Last year, we had families come from … Continue reading

Venus and Jupiter Draw Close!

  JUPITER AND VENUS are drawing very close! These two will get closer and closer in the evening sky over the month of June. In early June, Venus will form a straight line with the bright “twin stars” Castor and Pollux in Gemini. After that, these stars will drop lower toward the sunset, away from Venus, as the Sun begins … Continue reading

Lunar Conjunctions in May

  On the evening of Thursday, May 21, the waxing crescent Moon will pass the blazingly bright planet Venus. Look to the western sky after sunset to see this pair glittering in the twilight. Keep your eye on the Moon for the next couple of nights, as it will pass the very bright planet Jupiter on the evening of Saturday, … Continue reading

Planets and Constellations in May

  If you learned to spot Jupiter and Venus from this recent graphic (, now you’re ready to find these blazingly bright planets among the constellations! Throughout the month of May, Jupiter and Venus will be lined up between the constellations Gemini and Leo. Look for them in the western sky about an hour after sunset. These constellations are especially … Continue reading

Palindrome Week – 2015

  Now that Pi Day and all the sequential number dates are past for the 21st century, what’s a math geek to do? Thankfully, someone belatedly figured out about PALINDROME WEEK! (Actually, a 10 day period). These would have started on January 1, 2001, and there would have been one week a year since (except in 2010). So we missed … Continue reading

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