Bruce McClure
Moon, in the constellation Taurus the Bull, sweeps by the Pleiades and Aldebaran.

Moon in Taurus on January 22, 23 and 24

The bright waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull on January 22, 23 and 24, 2021. Here’s how to look for the famous Pleiades star cluster and Taurus’ brightest star, Aldebaran. The moon will pass between them on these nights.

Several bright white stars in wispy, glowing blue patches against a starry background.

Come to know Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters

The Pleiades star cluster – aka the Seven Sisters or M45 – is visible from virtually every part of the globe. It looks like a tiny misty dipper of stars.

Moon swings by Mars and Uranus in January 2021.

Moon, Mars, Uranus January 19, 20, 21

Over the next several evenings – January 19, 20 and 21, 2021 – let the moon show you the red planet Mars, and then use Mars to find the distant ice giant planet, Uranus.

Young moon and Mercury adorn January evening twilight

Young moon and Mercury in mid-January 2021

These next several days – January 14, 15 and 16, 2021 – you can spot the waxing crescent moon and innermost planet Mercury, near the sunset point.

How to find the Winter Hexagon or Winter Circle

The brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sky form the shape of a large hexagon, or circle, that will help you locate 6 constellations.

Sunrise (or sunset) along the rim of Earth.

Tonight is New Year’s Eve in the Julian calendar

Happy Julian New Year! January 13, 2021, marks the last day of the year in the old-style Julian calendar. Why, and what happened when the calendars switched.

When will the Age of Aquarius begin?

Astronomers and astrologers may agree that the Age of Aquarius starts when the vernal equinox point moves out of constellation Pisces and into Aquarius. But when will that be? There’s no definitive answer.

Planetary trio consisting of Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn on January 9, 2021.

Planetary trio – Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury – low in west at dusk

For the first time since October 2015, sky watchers will have the chance to view a planetary trio, or 3 planets all bunched up together on the sky’s dome. Two are Jupiter and Saturn, fresh from their much-viewed December conjunction. The 3rd planet is elusive Mercury.

Say hello to Sirius, a future South Pole Star

Wait, what? It’s true. 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.

Last quarter moon in front of the constellation Virgo in January 2021.

Last quarter moon and Spica mornings of January 6 and 7

Use the moon to guide your eye to Spica before daybreak on January 6 and 7, 2021, and look forward to this star’s all-night appearance in April.