Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky's popular Tonight pages since 2004. He's a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
The Orion Nebula is a place where new stars are being born. It can be glimpsed with the eye alone … and is even more noticeable with binoculars. How to find it in your sky tonight. Plus … the science of this star factory in space.
Will you see the red star Aldebaran – Eye of the Bull in Taurus – in the moon’s glare tonight? More here, including the story of Aldebaran when it joined with another bright star, Capella, to appear as a double pole star.
Mercury will pass directly in front of the sun on November 11, 2019. During the Mercury transit, the planet will appear as a black dot crossing the sun’s face. Click here to learn who will see it, how to watch, and transit times.