VENUS, MARS AND THE MOON: Look outside this evening to see the dazzling bright “star” VENUS shining in the evening sky. Notice the fainter, yellowish “star” nearby. This is the planet MARS. You’ll easily find these planets on the evening of Tuesday, January 31 when they are joined by the four-day-old waxing crescent Moon. These three bodies will make a … Continue reading
MOON AND PLANETS THIS WEEKEND! Mars has put on quite a show in 2016, and the year ends with an extended “visitation” with the bright planet Venus. Spot these blazing “stars” as the waxing crescent Moon passes by this weekend. And then keep your eyes on Venus and Mars as they draw closer and remain close until February, 2017. These … Continue reading
The bright red planet MARS has been sharing the constellation Scorpius with the planet SATURN in 2016. These two make a pretty sight in the southern sky in the current season, as they move about through this conspicuous constellation. The scene always gets more interesting when the Moon wanders by, as it does each month. But June’s show is only … Continue reading
The planets Mars and Saturn are very close together throughtout much of 2016. Both of these planets are currently retrograding, which means they appear to be moving backwards through the constellations. The Full Moon swings through this scene this week, and this is therefore a great time to learn to identify these planets, and also the conspicuous constellation of Scorpius.
EARLYBIRD SPECIAL! On the morning of Monday, March 28, the waning gibbous Moon will align with the planet Mars. You can’t miss Mars due to its distinct rusty red color, like a new shiny copper penny! The next morning, Tuesday, March 29, the Moon will pass the planet Saturn. If you’re up before the Sun on these mornings, check out … Continue reading
JUPITER LINES UP WITH THE MOON on the evening of Monday, March 21, 2016. Many people think of Jupiter as a far-away planet, known only through NASA photos. But the fact is, Jupiter is one of the brightest “stars” in the sky, and visible nearly every single clear night. The Moon swings past Jupiter and all the other planets as … Continue reading
The evening of Tuesday, February 23 is the monthly conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter. Jupiter is famous for being a picture in a textbook and as subject of NASA exploration. However, for whatever baffling reason, it is NOT famous that Jupiter is in the sky just about every night of our lives, and that the Moon passes this blazingly … Continue reading
The first big event in Saturn’s fun year will be a VERY CLOSE conjunction with Venus on the morning of Saturday, January 9. If you are able to spot these two planets when the Moon was nearby during the week, you should be able to spot them again on Saturday morning when they draw closest. Saturn is the little “speck” … Continue reading