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Bruce McClure

Watch for the moon and Saturn

The moon and Saturn are fairly easy to spot Monday evening, if you have a clear view to the west after sunset. Mercury is tougher, but possible!

Young moon and Mercury after sunset

How easy or hard (or possible) it will be to spot them depends on your location on the globe.

Peer out our galaxy’s south window

Visualize looking from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.

Almach is a quadruple star system

Almach looks like 1 star to the eye and like a colorful duo through a telescope. But today we know Almach as 4 stars.

Keep watching for Leonid meteors

Another chance to see meteors in this annual shower – between midnight and dawn – Saturday.

Don’t miss moon, Venus, Jupiter at dawn

Jupiter and Venus are low in the east before sunup now, but they’re our sky’s 2 brightest planets. You’ll need an unobstructed horizon to see this beautiful morning scene.

Moon sliding past 3 planets this week

The planets are Mars, Jupiter and Venus. The moon will move past them all in the coming mornings. Look east!

A famous variable star in Cepheus

With clock-like precision, the star Delta Cephei doubles in brightness every 5.36 days. You can notice this brightness change with the eye alone.

Venus-Jupiter conjunction Monday a.m.

Watch for the super-close pairing of the sky’s 2 brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. They’ll be in the sunrise direction, low in the east at dawn.

Tips for watching North Taurid meteors

People have been seeing bright Taurid meteors for some weeks, but the North Taurids peak this weekend. How to watch.