We passed between Mars and the sun 8 days ago, on May 22. Yet Mars is closest on May 30, 2016. Why?
Posts by Bruce McClure
We’ll pass between Saturn and the sun on June 3. Tonight – or any night soon – watch for it near brilliant Mars and the star Antares.
Although appearing half-illuminated, the last quarter moon carries that name because it’s three-quarters of the way from one new moon to the next.
Vega acts as your guide star the Keystone – a noticeable pattern of four stars in the constellation Hercules.
The entire northern sky wheels around Polaris. Some assume it’s the brightest star in the sky. In fact, Polaris ranks only 50th in brightness.
Why 2016’s opposition of Mars – although good – doesn’t bring Mars as close to Earth as the extremely close opposition of 2018.
Earth passes between Mars and the sun on May 22, and the red planet shines from dusk until dawn. Our two worlds will come closest together on May 30.
The moon is blue in name only, but spectacular near the red planet Mars tonight, just one day before Mars’ first opposition in two years!
The May 21 Blue Moon carries that name because it’s the 3rd of 4 full moons in a season. But can a season have just 2 full moons?
The moon – nearly full on May 20 – will be sweeping past Mars and Saturn this weekend.