Bruce McClure

What is a supermoon?

We’re currently enjoying a “season” of 3 full moon supermoons: March 9, April 7-8 and May 7, 2020. Then we’ll have a “season” of 3 new moon supermoons on September 17, October 16 and November 15, 2020. Supermoon-o-mania, here.

Venus and the Pleiades cluster after sunset April 2, 2020.

Don’t miss Venus and the Pleiades! Their conjunction is April 3

The Venus-Pleiades conjunction is April 3. That’s when Venus passes the Pleiades’ brightest star, Alcyone. Any evening around then will be lovely!

April 2020 guide to the bright planets

In April 2020, Venus is at its brightest as the evening “star,” passing near the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, as the month begins. In the morning, you can see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. In the Southern Hemisphere, catch Mercury before sunrise …

Multi-colored rocky planet with smaller gray moon.

Jupiter gives us Pluto in 2020

Jupiter and Pluto stay close together on the sky’s dome throughout 2020. This year may well present the best Jupiter-Pluto alignment for centuries to come, with the first of the year’s 3 Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions to fall on April 5, 2020.

Moon inside Winter Circle asterism of stars.

Moon in Winter Circle March 30 and 31

What a great time to identify many bright stars! Let the moon be your guide.

Cancer? Here’s your constellation

Here’s how to find the constellation Cancer in your sky. Plus Cancer’s place in sky history, lore and science.

Moon in Taurus at nightfall on March 28 and 29, 2020.

Moon and Venus March 28 and 29

On March 28 and 29 – and even some evenings after that – see the waxing crescent moon and the planet Venus in the evening sky. They’re beautiful! And you can use them to find the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Young moon and Venus adotn the evening twilight after sunset.

Young moon below Venus after sunset March 25-27

Depending on where you live worldwide, you might – or might not – catch the young moon after sunset March 25, 2020.

Come to know the Big and Little Dippers

The Big Dipper is easy. And, once you find it, you can find the Little Dipper, too.

Mizar and Alcor, famous double star

Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor are easy to spot in the Big Dipper’s handle.