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Moon and Venus at dawn August 19

Did you see the moon Friday morning? Look again Saturday, when the moon will have shifted closer to Venus, to the sunrise and to Monday’s eclipse!  

Moon and Venus at dawn August 18

As the moon edges toward its August 21 date with the sun, it sweeps past Venus before dawn. You can’t miss the moon and Venus! They’re in the east before sunup, brightest objects up there.

Born under the sign of Ophiuchus?

Born between November 29 and December 18? If so, the sun passes in front of Ophiuchus on your birthday. Ophiuchus is a constellation – not a sign – of the zodiac.

Moon to cover star Aldebaran

No matter where you live worldwide, look for the moon near the red star Aldebaran before dawn on August 16, 2017. From the Caribbean, northeastern tip of South America and North Atlantic Ocean, the moon will cover or “occult” Aldebaran.

Dark Rift in the Milky Way

Look edgewise into our galaxy’s disk, and you’ll notice a long, dark lane dividing the bright starry band of the Milky Way. This Dark Rift is a place where new stars are forming.

Moon sweeps through Taurus the Bull

Before dawn now, the moon is near the bright star Aldebaran and the little dipper of the Pleiades star cluster. Chart here, plus info on an upcoming occultation of Aldebaran by the moon.

10 tips to minimize moon and optimize 2017’s Perseid meteor shower

A waning gibbous moon will do its best to drown out the 2017 Perseid meteor shower. Here are some tips for enjoying the moonlit Perseid meteors in 2017.

Star-hop to Perseid meteor radiant

Tonight, as you watch the Perseid meteor shower, see if you can star-hop from the constellation Cassiopeia to the Double Cluster, which nearly coincides with the radiant point of the Perseid shower.

Perseids to peak this weekend!

The Perseids are peaking! Here are more tips and links for helping you enjoy this annual meteor shower.

How to watch 2017’s Perseid meteors

The moon interferes with 2017’s Perseid meteor shower. But, yes, you can try watching meteors in the moonlight! Here are some tips to help you enjoy.