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Bruce McClure

On July 20, the bright “star” near the moon is Jupiter

As soon as darkness falls on July 20, use to moon to find the dazzling king planet Jupiter nearby. Then, over the new few evenings, the moon can help you identify the bright red star Antares.

Moon, Jupiter and Spica on July 19

On July 19, 2018, as the setting sun closes the curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns, let the moon introduce you to a very special star.

All you need to know: Delta Aquariid meteors in 2018

With the long-running Delta Aquariid meteor shower already in progress, and the moon in a waxing crescent phase – and gone from the sky after midnight – we’re beginning to receive meteor photos.

Monday’s moon still near Venus

Last chance to see these 2 very bright objects relatively close. After Monday evening, the moon – pursuing its easterly orbit around Earth – will be waxing larger and shifting away from Venus.

Scared yet? 2018 has 2 Friday 13ths

This Friday the 13th comes exactly 13 weeks after 2018’s first Friday the 13th, in April. The whats, whens and whys of Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th supermoon solar eclipse

The 2018 Friday the 13th solar eclipse will be seen mainly over the Southern Ocean, between Australia and Antarctica. The southeastern Australia coast will see a very skimpy partial eclipse on Friday afternoon. Eclipse times for that region here.

2018’s closest new supermoon on July 13

The closest new moon of 2018 – a supermoon – comes on July 13. You won’t see it, but Earth’s oceans will feel it. Then, 2 weeks later, we have the year’s farthest full moon.

From Pluto, Earth to transit sun on July 12

Earth transits seen from Pluto are rare. The last one happened in 1931, a year after Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. It won’t happen again for 161 years.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.

How often are there 3 eclipses in a month?

In a calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. But in a lunar month, 3 eclipses are are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.