Bruce McClure

See daytime moon after sunrise

The daytime moon will be in the west after sunrise. It’ll be pale against the blue daytime sky. Keep watching for the rest of this week, and you’ll see it higher in the west after sunrise each morning.

Moon pairs with Regulus on January 22

The waning moon – fresh from an eclipse – and the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion will rise over your eastern horizon in the hours after sunset tonight.

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on January 22

Enjoy the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the predawn/dawn sky on January 22, 2019, as these two bright worlds meet each other at a near-maximum elongation from the rising sun.

The total lunar eclipse of January 20-21

It’s a supermoon eclipse, and many are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. The January 20-21, 2019, total eclipse of the moon will be viewed from North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern and western Africa plus the Arctic regions of the globe.

Close and far moons in 2019

This year’s farthest apogee (moon’s farthest monthly point) comes on February 5, 2019, and the closest perigee (moon’s closest monthly point) occurs some 2 weeks later, on February 19, 2019.

Moon near Castor and Pollux on January 19

On the night of January 19, 2019, let the full-looking waxing gibbous moon guide your eye to the bright Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux!

Moon near Aldebaran January 16 and 17

Will you see the red star Aldebaran – Eye of the Bull in Taurus – in the moon’s glare January 16 or 17? Plus … the story of Aldebaran when it was part of a double pole star.

Sirius, future South Pole Star

The sky’s brightest star, Sirius aka the Dog Star, will come to within 1.6 degrees of the south celestial pole in the year 66270.

How to locate planet Uranus

Tonight’s waxing crescent moon shines close to Uranus. Learn how to locate the planet, using tonight’s moon location and these links to charts and other info.

Fireworks, with 2019 printed below.

Today is New Year’s Eve, in the Julian calendar

Happy Julian New Year! January 13, 2019, marks the last day of the year in the old-style Julian calendar. Why, and what happened when the calendars switched.