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Posts by Bruce McClure

Closest and farthest moons
Blogs | Jul 03, 2015

Moon at perigee, nearest to Earth, on July 5, 2015

The intriguing cycle of closest and farthest moons. Includes dates for 2015’s 13 perigees (closest points) and 13 apogees (farthest points).

Scorpius, via Constellation of Words
Tonight | Jul 03, 2015

Scorpius? Here’s your constellation

The constellation Scorpius is easy to find. It looks like its namesake.

Image credit: Tim Geers
Tonight | Jul 02, 2015

Blue Moon of July 2015 and future Blue Moons

Want to know the dates of Blue Moons – second full moons within a single calendar month – for the years ahead? Click here.

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Tonight | Jul 01, 2015

First of two July full moons on July 1

The first of two July 2015 full moons comes tonight. The second July full moon – aka a Blue Moon – will come on July 31.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Jul 01, 2015

July 2015 guide to the five visible planets

Venus and Jupiter! Wow! And there’s so much more to come …

Image via Wikipedia. Sizes of planets are to scale but not the distances. Click here for relative distances.
Science Wire | Jun 30, 2015

When will all five visible planets appear simultaneously?

All five visible planets will appear together in the morning sky early next year – from about January 20 to February 20, 2016. That hasn’t happened since 2005.

Depending on where you live worldwide, the planets Venus and Jupiter will stage their closest conjunction of the year on June 30 or July 1. Read more
Tonight | Jun 30, 2015

Spectacular Venus-Jupiter conjunction

On June 30 and July 1, 2015, look for the sky’s brightest and second-brightest planets to stage their closest conjunction until August, 2016.

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Tonight | Jun 29, 2015

Moon near Antares. Jupiter and Venus!

On June 29, moon is near star Antares. Also, look west for Jupiter and Venus! They are spectacular now and just one day away from their conjunction.

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Tonight | Jun 28, 2015

Identify Saturn near moon on June 28

That bright golden “star” near the moon on June 28, 2015 is really the planet Saturn. Come to know it now, and enjoy it in the nights ahead.

Sunset at White Rock Lake near Dallas by Lucy Bee.
Tonight | Jun 27, 2015

Latest sunsets of year follow solstice

Yes, the June solstice marked the longest day for the N. Hemisphere. But the latest sunset always comes a week or so later.