June 20 marks the middle of an eclipse season

When the lunar nodes pointed directly at the sun on June 20, 2020, the event marked the middle of the eclipse season. Shortly thereafter, an annular eclipse of the sun took place on June 21, 2020.

Want to see Saturn’s rings? Read me 1st

The best time of 2020 for seeing Saturn’s glorious rings is nearly upon us. You’ve seen the photos, but maybe you want to see the rings with your own eyes? Here are a few things to think about.

The view toward the east from 40 degrees N. latitude on various dates around June 7, 2020.

Watch for Jupiter, Saturn and the moon

Watch for the moon, Jupiter and Saturn around June 7, 2020. The moon is very bright now, so Jupiter and Saturn are specks in its glare. Jupiter is a brighter speck than Saturn.

How often are there 3 eclipses in a month?

Beginning on June 5, we’ll have 3 eclipses in one lunar month. It’ll be the last time this happens until the year 2029. From 2000-2050, there are 3 eclipses in one lunar month 14 times. Meanwhile, in a calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare.

Very thin white crescent against gray background.

Farewell, Venus

Photos – taken through telescopes, or with other optical aid – from the EarthSky community. The brightest planet Venus is now in a thin crescent phase as viewed from Earth. Venus will go between us and the sun on June 3.

A totally eclipsed sun with a bright light emerging on one side: the diamond ring effect.

What is an eclipse season?

The heavens are all about change, but, usually, not just random change. Much celestial change tends to come in cycles. One of the most interesting cycles is that of eclipse seasons.

Jupiter and Saturn, annotated. Jupiter is 13 times brighter than Saturn.

Before 2020 ends, a great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

These great Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions happen only every 20 years. The last one was in the year 2000. Their upcoming conjunction – December 21, 2020 – will be their closest since 1623.

The difference between ‘signs’ and constellations

When – astrologically – the sun enters the “sign” of Gemini, it is still nearly one month away from entering the constellation Gemini in the sky. Astronomer Guy Ottewell illustrates and discusses this difference.

Giant star cluster Omega Centauri

All globular star clusters are impressive, but Omega Centauri’s in a class by itself. Sparkling with 10 million stars, it’s the Milky Way’s largest globular.

When is the next Blue Moon?

According to folklore, the next Blue Moon will come on October 31, 2020. It’ll be called a Blue Moon because it’ll be the 2nd of 2 full moons in a single calendar month.