A full moon, with a slight penumbral shadow shading one side.

Penumbral eclipse of the moon on January 10

Enjoy the first full moon of the year on January 10, 2020, This full moon will undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse. At mid-eclipse, you will find a slight shading – Earth’s penumbral shadow – on one side of the moon.

September 30, October 1-3, young moon.

Watch for a young moon after sunset

As September ends and October begins, you’ll find the moon back in the evening sky. Look west shortly after sunset!

Moon and Regulus before sunrise September 26,

Old moon, Regulus, rising times and more

These upcoming mornings – September 26 and 27, 2019 – the old waning crescent moon and the star Regulus adorn the eastern sky before sunrise.

Remember to look for Fomalhaut

In most years, Fomalhaut appears solitary. In 2019, however, Fomalhaut has company in the evening sky. The bright planets Jupiter and Saturn are up there, too, pointing the way to Fomalhaut on the sky’s dome.

Are day and night equal at equinoxes?

September 22 is the equinox. The word means “equal night.” Days and nights are nearly equal now at the equinox, but not quite. Here’s why. Also, we’ve got a new word for you, “equilux.” It’s the word for when day and night are, in fact, equal.

Use Great Square to find Andromeda galaxy

Today’s sky chart shows you how to star-hop to the Andromeda galaxy – the large spiral galaxy next-door to our Milky Way – from the Great Square of Pegasus.

Hazy light pyramid in east? False dawn

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you can see the zodiacal light, or false dawn, at this time of year. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, look for it after sunset.

Moon and Saturn shine in the southern sky at evening dusk.

Moon near Saturn on September 7 and 8

These next couple of nights – September 7 and 8, 2019 – use the waxing gibbous moon to find the planet Saturn.

Moon and planets adorn the evening twilight.

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn September 5 to 7

These next few evenings – September 5, 6 and 7, 2019 – use the moon to find the planets Jupiter and Saturn. Have a telescope? Then use it to view Jupiter’s four major moons and Saturn’s glorious rings.

The young waxing crescent moon adorns western sky after sunset.

Young moon, stars, a planet September 3-5

As darkness falls these next few evenings – September 3, 4 and 5, 2019 – watch for the waxing crescent moon traveling in front of the constellation Libra the Scales. The moon heads eastward, as it always does in its orbit around Earth. It’ll sweep past the star Zubenelgenubi, then head toward the red star Antares and bright planet Jupiter.

Young moon and Spica after sunset.

Watch for a young moon after sunset

We had a new moon on August 30, 2019. A number of people around the world are likely to catch the whisker-thin waxing crescent after sunset August 31. On the evenings after that, the moon will stay out longer after sunset and become easier to see.

Full earth from new moon.

Year’s closest new supermoon August 30

Today – August 30, 2019 – presents the closest new moon of the year, exactly a fortnight (about 2 weeks) before the year’s farthest and smallest full moon on September 14, 2019.

Before dawn, Orion the Hunter

By late August and early September, the constellation Orion is rising in the hours after midnight and is well up by dawn. It’ll continue to rise earlier … and earlier.

Moon and Gemini stars.

Moon and Gemini stars at dawn August 26 and 27

The moon has now waned to a slim crescent phase. It’s near the stars Castor and Pollux – the legendary Gemini “twins” – on August 26 and 27, 2019.

Winter Circle before daybreak in August.

Moon and Winter Circle at dawn August 25

Wait, what? Winter Circle? Yes, even though it’s still summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The early morning summer sky shows you what you’ll see come winter.

Moon and the constellation Taurus.

Moon and Taurus before dawn August 23-25

Taurus has an easy-to-see V shape. You can see how the Bull got its name! The waning moon can guide your eye on the mornings of August 23, 24 and 25, 2019.

Moon and Uranus in the constellation Aries

Moon sweeps past planet Uranus

Before dawn on August 21 and 22, 2019, let the moon guide you to the constellation Aries the Ram. When the moon moves away, try star-hopping to Uranus using guide stars within this constellation. Good luck!

Moon passes by the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn … Perseid meteors?

The Perseid meteor shower is rising to its peak, so there’s bound to be some fist-shaking this weekend at that bright moon. But the moon can also guide you to Jupiter and Saturn on August 9, 10 and 11, 2019.

Moon in Libra, to the west of Jupiter.

Moon, Antares, Jupiter from August 7 to 9

On August 7, 8 and 9, 2019, watch as the moon moves out from in front of the constellation Libra, then sweeps in front of neighboring Scorpius and past the bright planet Jupiter.

Will you catch Mercury at dawn?

Mercury will be over 18 degrees west of the sun – that is, visible in our eastern sky before sunrise – all this upcoming week, from about August 7 to 14, 2019. With Mercury getting brighter by the day, you might it before sunrise for the next 2 weeks at northerly latitudes.