LUNAR CONJUNCTIONS THIS WEEK!!!

LUNAR CONJUNCTIONS THIS WEEK!!! On the morning of Thursday, October 8, the Moon will be closest to the bright planet Venus, and will form a line with all the other morning planets, as shown. On the morning of Friday, October 9, the Moon will be in conjunction with Mars, though it will also be closest to Jupiter, as seen from … Continue reading

Earlybird Special!!! Morning Planets of Autumn, 2015

If you were reading our newsletter in the spring and summer of 2015, you read that we enjoyed a rare extended alignment of the blazingly bright planets Jupiter and Venus.  If you missed those newsletters, you can read them in the online newsletter archive. As we frequently explain, Venus and Jupiter are the brightest “stars” visible in the sky, respectively … Continue reading

Lunar Conjunction with Saturn

THE MOON PASSES THE PLANET SATURN! It’s that time again! Once again, the Moon lines up with the planet SATURN on the evening of Friday, September 18! Look to the southwest to see the bright “star” very close to the waxing Moon! Even a cheap dimestore telescope is sufficient to reveal the famous RINGS of Saturn! You can get a … Continue reading

Jupiter and Venus – The Ongoing Alignment

Following the close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus on June 30, these planets will continue to share the evening sky throughout the month of July. They will also remain close to the bright star Regulus, in the constellation Leo. In a very rare and special circumstance, the cycles of Venus and Jupiter will coincide so that these planets will remain … 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

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

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

  On Tuesday, April 21, the three-day old waxing crescent Moon will be in conjunction with the planet Venus, the bright evening star. This is a regular conjunction between these two bodies, and it happens every month. However, this month, the Moon and Venus are joined by the bright star Aldebaran, the red eye of the bull in the constellation … Continue reading

The Waxing Moon of March/April 2015

  THE CURRENT LUNAR MONTH happens to be particularly interesting during the waxing phases (lunation 1141 according to Brown’s series of 1923): FRI MAR 20: The equinox total eclipse of the Moon over northern Europe, perigean spring tide raising an 18 year supertide at Mont Saint-Michel in France; SUN MAR 22: High-elevation conjunction of the two-day old waxing crescent Moon … Continue reading

Conjunction of the Moon With Jupiter

  The planet Jupiter is the very bright “star” near the Full Moon tonight, February 3. After nightfall tonight, be sure to go outside and take a look! (FYI, the Moon passes Jupiter every other month of the year, but only when Jupiter is near opposition does the FULL MOON pass Jupiter. At this time, both the Moon and Jupiter … Continue reading

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