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Bruce McClure

Best time to see Saturn is near!

We’ll pass between Saturn and the sun on June 15. Tonight – or any night soon – watch for it in the vicinity of the red star Antares.

Will you see the young moon and Mars?

And will people in the Americas see the young moon? That’s a key question to many because this young moon sighting marks the beginning of Ramadan in Muslim culture.

2017’s closest supermoon is May 25

For the 1st time since 2009, a new moon – not a full moon – will be the closest and largest supermoon of a year.

What is a supermoon?

By at least 1 definition, the year 2017 has 4 supermoons. Three are new moons and not visible in our sky. The only full moon supermoon of 2017 will come in December.

Why you won’t see the new supermoon

In case you haven’t heard, the closest supermoon of 2017 is a new moon – not a full moon. Here’s why you won’t see it.

Lengths of lunar months in 2017

The shortest lunar month of 2017 starts with the May 25 new moon, which is also the closest new moon of the year. Coincidence?

Star of the week: Polaris, the North Star

The entire northern sky wheels around Polaris. But it’s not the brightest star in the sky. In fact, Polaris ranks only 50th in brightness.

Spectacular Moon and Venus May 22

The brilliant twosome will be near each other Monday morning, a beautiful and compelling sight as seen from around the globe.

Find the Keystone in Hercules

The Keystone is a noticeable pattern of four stars in the constellation Hercules. The bright star Vega acts as your guide to finding it.

Find the Omega Centauri star cluster

The sparkling blue-white star Spica and even brighter planet Jupiter can act as your guide to the Omega Centauri cluster – a globular cluster – on these May 2017 nights.