Be sure to watch the magnificent pairing of the moon and Jupiter as darkness falls on these next few evenings – April 25, 26 and 27. The moon and Jupiter rank as the brightest and third-brightest heavenly bodies of nighttime. What’s the second-brightest? It’s blazing planet Venus, also beaming in your western sky at dusk…read more »
Posts by Bruce McClure
As seen from N. America, tonight’s moon is about midway between Jupiter and Venus, inside the Winter Circle. Plus … a binocular challenge. Mercury!
The moon and Venus are beautiful after sunset, then – conveniently – set in early evening, leaving the sky dark for meteor-watching.
The 2015 Lyrid meteor shower is active from about April 16-25. You might see a Lyrid now before dawn! Best mornings to watch: April 22 and 23.
You’ll want an unobstructed horizon in the sunset direction to catch the young waxing crescent moon on April 19. If you do see it, it’ll be beautiful!
Yay! It’s almost meteor season again. Next up … the Lyrid meteor shower on the mornings of April 22 and 23.
Awesome Lyrid prospects this year! You might see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak on the mornings of April 22åç and 23, with the nod going to April 23.
The shortest lunar month of 2015 starts with the April 18 new moon and ends May 18. Learn about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.
In 2007, astronomers caught the star Tau Boötis flipping its north and south magnetic poles. This star’s story, and how to find it in the night sky.
The intriguing cycle of closest and farthest moons. Plus, dates for 2015’s 13 perigees (closest points) and 13 apogees (farthest points).