With an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and a clear sky, you should see the thin crescent in the west an hour (or less) after the sun goes down.
Posts by Bruce McClure
On some moonless night, look for the Orion Nebula below Orion’s Belt. Your eye sees it as a tiny, hazy spot. But it’s a vast region of star formation.
First time we can see 5 planets at once since 2005. All 5 are up before dawn, still, and all 5 will remain visible until Mercury disappears in the dawn just after mid-February.
Several ways to find the constellation Gemini, plus some of the sky lore and mythology associated with this constellation.
At west quadrature on February 7, 2016, the red planet appears 90% illuminated as seen through a telescope. Fantastic time to see Mars is just ahead.
You can see all 5 bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter – together in the sky before dawn, through mid-February.
Let the crescent moon guide you to Mercury as darkness wanes toward dawn on Saturday, February 6. And see all 5 planets before dawn!
Look for the waning crescent moon near planet Venus on the mornings of February 5, 6 and 7. And see all 5 planets before dawn.
Go ahead. Treat yourself to something beautiful, and hopeful: a glimpse of two stars that represented a Pawnee version of Groundhog Day.
Before dawn on Wednesday, let the moon introduce you to Saturn – in fact, to all five visible planets. Antares is the bright star near Wednesday morning’s moon.