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Posts by Bruce McClure

2015-aug-25-venus-night-sky-chart
Tonight | Aug 25, 2015

Venus returning to sky before sunrise

In late August 2015, you can catch Venus climbing above the eastern horizon an hour before sunrise – if you have an unobstructed eastern horizon and clear sky.

Moon shot with blue filter via our friend Jv Noriega
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

When is the next Blue Moon?

The next Blue Moon will be on May 21, 2016. It’s a seasonal Blue Moon, the third of four full moons between the March equinox and the June solstice of 2016.

Zodiacal light
Science Wire | Aug 24, 2015

Everything you need to know: zodiacal light or false dawn

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.

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Tonight | Aug 24, 2015

Moon above Scorpion’s stinger on August 24

Two stars make up the Stinger of the celestial Scorpion. They are called Shaula and Lesath.

2015-aug-22-antares-saturn-moon-night-sky-chart
Tonight | Aug 22, 2015

Moon closest to Saturn on August 22

No matter where you live worldwide, look for the moon as evening falls on August 22. It’ll appear half-illuminated, shining near the star Antares and the planet Saturn.

The moon moves eastward relative to the background stars and planets of the Zodiac. The dark side of the waxing moon  points eastward - in the moon's direction of of travel. The green line depicts the ecliptic - Earth's orbital plane projected onto the constellations of the Zodiac.
Tonight | Aug 21, 2015

Moon, Saturn, Antares on August 21-23

Tonight and in the next few evenings, the moon is sweeping past the bright planet Saturn and bright red star Antares.

Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer via Wikimedia Commons.
Tonight | Aug 19, 2015

Born between November 29 and December 18? Here’s your constellation

This is a good time to look for Ophiuchus in your sky. Plus, some deep-sky treasures it contains.

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Tonight | Aug 19, 2015

Moon near star Spica on August 19

Bright star near the moon on August 19 is Spica in the constellation Virgo. This blue-white gem of a star is some 1,900 times more luminous than our sun.

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Tonight | Aug 18, 2015

Summer Triangle on August evenings

The Summer Triangle is a fixture of summer skies. Its three stars are Vega, Deneb and Altair.

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Tonight | Aug 17, 2015

Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy

Some stargazers star-hop to the Andromeda galaxy via the W-shaped constellation, Cassiopeia. Try it!