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Bruce McClure

Find the Keystone in Hercules

The Keystone is a noticeable pattern of 4 stars in the constellation Hercules. The bright star Vega acts as your guide to finding it.

This weekend … Moon and Mercury

Best morning apparition of Mercury for 2018 in the Southern Hemisphere … worst in the Northern Hemisphere. For the whole Earth, the moon will sweep past Mercury before sunrise.

Don’t miss moon and Mars on May 6

Don’t miss the moon and Mars together in the predawn sky on May 6, 2018. Plus a word about other bright planets you can see in May.

Eta Aquariids before dawn May 5 and 6

Here’s the bad news. The bright moon will interfere with meteor-watching. Here’s the good news. There are some tricks to watching in moonlight.

Moon, Saturn, Mars on May 4 to 6

Stay up after midnight, or rise before the sun these next few mornings, to see the moon, Saturn and Mars – and possibly, some of Eta Aquariid meteors streaking past in moonlight.

Comet Halley’s 2 meteor showers

It’s because comets like Halley are so crumbly that we see annual meteor showers. One shower spawned by this comet is going on now. Another is visible in October.

Venus and star Aldebaran after sunset

You can’t miss Venus. It’s the brightest thing in the west after sunset. Aldebaran – the eye of the Bull in Taurus – needs a darker sky. Wait some minutes! It’ll pop into view.

All you need to know: Eta Aquariid meteors

In 2018, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquariid meteors to fall before dawn on May 5. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will obscure the show, but perhaps a few of brighter Eta Aquariids can overcome the moonlight.

Moon, Antares, Jupiter May 1-2

Tonight’s moon is near the bright star Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. An even brighter planet, Jupiter, is nearby.

Moon and Jupiter meet in Libra

On April 30, 2018, enjoy the bright moon near Jupiter. Then let Jupiter guide you to Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, Libra’s 2 brightest stars.