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Posts by Bruce McClure

Tonight | Feb 09, 2016

Go young moon hunting on February 9

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.

Photo Credit: zamb0ni
Tonight | Feb 09, 2016

Orion Nebula where new stars are born

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.

Since late January, and through mid-February, 5 bright planets are visible at once in the predawn sky. This image is from February 8, 2016.  It's by Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona.  View on Flickr.
Science Wire | Feb 08, 2016

See 5 bright planets at once

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.

Image credit: Wikipedia
Tonight | Feb 08, 2016

Gemini? Here’s your constellation

Several ways to find the constellation Gemini, plus some of the sky lore and mythology associated with this constellation.

Science Wire | Feb 07, 2016

Mars’ west quadrature on February 7

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.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Feb 05, 2016

February 2016 guide to the 5 bright planets

You can see all 5 bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter – together in the sky before dawn, through mid-February.

Tonight | Feb 05, 2016

Moon, Venus, Mercury on February 6

Let the crescent moon guide you to Mercury as darkness wanes toward dawn on Saturday, February 6. And see all 5 planets before dawn!

Watch for the  crescent moon to sink as it wanes in the morning sky. The green line represents the ecliptic. Read more.
Tonight | Feb 04, 2016

Moon, Venus, Mercury next few mornings

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.

J-shaped Scorpius with Shaula and Lesath
Tonight | Feb 02, 2016

Two stars in Scorpius are harbingers of spring

Go ahead. Treat yourself to something beautiful, and hopeful: a glimpse of two stars that represented a Pawnee version of Groundhog Day.

Tonight | Feb 02, 2016

Moon, Saturn, Antares on February 3

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.