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Posts by Bruce McClure

The moon and planets are always found on or near the ecliptic - the sun's annual pathway in front of the constellations of the Zodiac.
Tonight | May 23, 2015

Moon and Jupiter meet in Cancer the Crab on May 23

Watch for Jupiter and the waxing moon after sunset. Also learn about the constellation Cancer – one of the faintest constellations of the Zodiac.

Photo by Justin Ng
Tonight | May 22, 2015

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

In May 2015, you may have to wait until mid-to-late evening to see the ruddy star Antares and the Crown of the Scorpion below Saturn. By the time June arrives, Saturn and Antares - and the intervening Scorpion's Crown - will be seen above the horizon at nightfall.
Tonight | May 22, 2015

Saturn’s 2015 opposition is May 22-23

This is the night of Saturn’s opposition, when Earth flies between the ringed planet and the sun. How to see Saturn and enjoy it as its best!

Tonight | May 21, 2015

Give me five minutes and I’ll give you Saturn in 2015

Best time to see Saturn in 2015 is here! Instructions for finding this beautiful golden planet … here.

Tonight | May 21, 2015

Moon and Venus closest on May 21

Dazzling starlike object near the moon on May 21, 2015 is the planet Venus. Brilliant object above the moon and Venus is Jupiter.

Tonight | May 20, 2015

Moon, Venus and Jupiter on May 20

As darkness falls on May 20, look in the sunset direction for the moon and bright planets Venus and Jupiter.

Coming up next: waxing crescent moon and the planet Venus on May 19, May 20 and May 21. The moon and planets are always found on or near the ecliptic - Earth's orbital plane projected onto the dome of sky.
Tonight | May 19, 2015

Young moon below Venus on May 19

Many people around the world will have a chance to catch the young moon beneath the blazing planet Venus after sunset on May 19.

Image credit: Moon Viewer
Tonight | May 18, 2015

New moon falls on May 18

Looking for the moon? You won’t find it today because it’s lost in the sun’s glare. At new moon, the moon and sun lie on the same side of Earth in space.

Tonight | May 17, 2015

Find the Omega Centauri star cluster

The sparkling blue-white star Spica can act as your guide to the Omega Centauri cluster – a globular cluster – on these May nights.

Tonight | May 16, 2015

Where is the Milky Way on May evenings?

On May evenings, the disk of our Milky Way galaxy coincides with the plane of your horizon.