Keep your eye on the sky before sunrise on the morning of Friday, December 4, as the waning crescent Moon lines up with the bright planet Jupiter in the constellation Leo! Over the weekend, the waning Moon moves into the constellation Virgo and passes by the red planet Mars! But the weekend dance of the planets is just a prelude … Continue reading


In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 26, the Moon will COVER OVER the bright star Aldebaran in Taurus, as seen from the northern USA. This is called an “occultation,” from the Latin word “to hide.” (And no, it has nothing to do with “the occult”!) Occultations are amazing events, and though common enough, it’s rare to have them … Continue reading


ECLIPSE is the latest episode of Salomon Freeski, an online documentary series of beautifully photographed Xtreme skiing videos, now in its 9th season. In this episode, our heroes venture to Svalbard, a frozen rock in the Arctic, to ski while observing the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE of March 20, 2015. The early part is mostly about skiing and the adventures along … Continue reading


MORNING LUNAR CONJUNCTIONS OF NOVEMBER!!!! The waning crescent Moon will swing back into the scene in the first week of November. By then, Venus will be below Mars. Look for the Moon to line up with Jupiter on the morning of Friday, November 6, and with Venus and Mars on Saturday, November 7. KEEP WATCHING CLASSICAL ASTRONOMY TO LEARN ABOUT … Continue reading


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

Blood Moon — Fourth and Final Round

Previous newsletters have discussed the astronomical details of the popular “Blood Moon” eschatology.  An archive of these installments is found  here on our website.  In summary, it has been explained that the Hebrew feasts of Passover and Sukkot are given in Scripture as occurring at the Full Moons of spring and fall, respectively, while total lunar eclipses also necessarily occur … Continue reading

Party Time! Early Evening Lunar Eclipse – Sunday, September 27

Friends, if you’ve been following this “tetrad” of total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, this is finally the one you’ve been waiting for!  The other three favored the Pacific, and were best visible from the USA either in the middle of the night or early in the morning, before sunrise.  Of course, the dedicated eclipse watchers adjusted their schedules … 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

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