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Waxing moon moves past Mars and Saturn, nears Antares on September 1 Read more
Tonight | Sep 01, 2014

Waxing moon moves past Mars and Saturn, nears star Antares

This evening, after sunset on September 1, 2014, look for the planets Mars and Saturn on one side of the moon, and for the star Antares on the other.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.
Tonight | Aug 31, 2014

Late August and September 2014 guide to the five visible planets

Mars and Saturn appear at nightfall. From southerly latitudes, you can also view Mercury near the sunset horizon. The morning planets are Jupiter and Venus.

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Tonight | Aug 31, 2014

Spectacular moon, Mars and Saturn at nightfall August 31

Don’t miss the wide waxing crescent moon, and planets Mars and Saturn, all bunched up together in early evening on Sunday.

Moon moving toward Mars and Saturn on August 30, joins up with Mars and Saturn on August 31 and moves on toward Antares on September 1
Tonight | Aug 30, 2014

Moon east of Spica, west of 2 planets at nightfall August 30

Around the world this evening, as darkness falls on August 30, look for the star Spica to the west of tonight’s waxing crescent moon, yet for the planets Mars and Saturn to the east of tonight’s moon.

Zodiacal light
Blogs | Aug 29, 2014

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.

Wikimedia Commons, Paul Stansifer, User:84
FAQs | Tonight | Aug 29, 2014

How far is a light-year?

Light is the fastest-moving stuff in the universe. It travels at an incredible 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second. So, in a year, light travels far.

The moon was closer to the star Spica at nightfall on August 29.
Tonight | Aug 29, 2014

Moon near star Spica, heading for Mars and Saturn, on August 29

That bright star near the moon on the evening of August 29 is Spica in the constellation Virgo. In the next few evenings, the moon will be near Mars and Saturn.

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Tonight | Aug 28, 2014

Moon and star Spica low in west after sunset August 28

As darkness falls, watch for the moon and Spica in the western sky. The planets Mars and Saturn are nearby.

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Tonight | Aug 27, 2014

Will you catch the moon near Mercury after sunset tonight?

People in the Southern Hemisphere should have an easier time catching the young moon and Mercury after sunset on August 27.

Young moon of March 31, 2014 by Ken Christison.
Blogs | Tonight | Aug 25, 2014

Longest lunar month of 2014 starts on August 25

The longest lunar month of 2014 starts with the August 25 new moon and ends September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.