People around the world saw the moon and Venus last night. They’ll be even closer tonight!
Posts by Deborah Byrd
The young moon is back after sunset, passing near Venus in the next few evenings. The pale glow on the darkened portion of the moon is called “earthshine.”
What’s that very bright star or planet in the west after sunset now? It’s the planet Venus, now near its time of greatest brilliancy.
Next meteor shower – the Geminids on the mornings of December 13 and 14. It might be one of the year’s richest showers, if you avoid the moon.
Nearly two billion years of geologic history can be seen in the canyon, exposed by flowing water and the uplift of the Colorado Plateau.
Venus pops out at dusk. Jupiter rises at early evening, and Mars comes up after midnight. Saturn before dawn. Info and charts here.
As all eyes have been on Comet ISON, another comet that has lurked quietly – but visibly – in Earth’s late night and morning skies this past month.
By November 30, Comet ISON had faded again. The chances of a bright comet in our sky now aren’t good at all.
The next meteor shower is the Geminid shower, peaking on the mornings of December 13 and 14.
Has a remnant of Comet ISON survived the close brush with the sun?