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Posts by Bruce McClure

Solar eclipse November 3, 2013 by Ken Christison
Blogs | Oct 02, 2014

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2014 and 2015

Will you see the next eclipse – a total eclipse of the moon the night of October 7-8, 2014? If you miss it, here’s what’s ahead.

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Blogs | Oct 02, 2014

Is it possible to have three eclipses in one month?

Three eclipses in one calendar month are rare. Three eclipses in one lunar month are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.

Total solar eclipse via Fred Espenak
Blogs | Oct 02, 2014

How many solar and lunar eclipses in one calendar year?

Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible.

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Tonight | Oct 01, 2014

Moon helps you visualize Pluto spacecraft on October 1

Tonight’s moon and the New Horizons spacecraft – headed toward Pluto – occupy nearly the same spot on the sky’s dome.

Total lunar eclipse composite image by Fred Espenak
Tonight | Sep 30, 2014

October 2014 guide to the five visible planets

A total eclipse of the moon on October 8. Comet Siding Spring just misses Mars on October 19. A partial solar eclipse on October 23. Plus Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter!

Image via Tim Jones/McDonald Observatory.
Tonight | Sep 30, 2014

Star of the week: Gamma Cephei is a future North Star

Gamma Cephei (aka Errai) is a binary star system with at least one planet. It’ll someday be a North Star for Earth.

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Tonight | Sep 30, 2014

Moon at southernmost point for the month on September 30

The waxing moon is far to the south on the sky’s dome on September 30, but not as far south as it can be. It’s near Mars and the star Antares on this night.

Moon between Saturn and Mars at nightfall September 28 Read more
Tonight | Sep 28, 2014

Moon between Saturn and Mars at nightfall September 28

At nightfall on September 28, the waxing crescent moon shines in between the planets Mars and Saturn. Mars lies to the east of the moon whereas Saturn shines to the west.

Moon near Saturn, and approaching Mars, on September 27 Read more
Tonight | Sep 27, 2014

Moon near Saturn, and approaching Mars, on September 27

Waxing crescent moon shines close to the planet Saturn Saturday night, especially seen from Americas and islands of the Pacific. In Hawaii and southwestern Alaska, the moon will cover Saturn at dusk or early evening on September 27.

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Tonight | Sep 26, 2014

Use Cassiopeia to find the Andromeda galaxy

Many prefer the constellation Cassiopedia – which is easy to find, shaped like an M or W – as a jumping off point for locating the Andromeda galaxy.