Bruce McClure
Moon and Gemini stars.

Moon and Gemini stars at dawn August 26 and 27

The moon has now waned to a slim crescent phase. It’s near the stars Castor and Pollux – the legendary Gemini “twins” – on August 26 and 27, 2019.

Winter Circle before daybreak in August.

Moon and Winter Circle at dawn August 25

Wait, what? Winter Circle? Yes, even though it’s still summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The early morning summer sky shows you what you’ll see come winter.

Moon and the constellation Taurus.

Moon and Taurus before dawn August 23-25

Taurus has an easy-to-see V shape. You can see how the Bull got its name! The waning moon can guide your eye on the mornings of August 23, 24 and 25, 2019.

Moon and Uranus in the constellation Aries

Moon sweeps past planet Uranus

Before dawn on August 21 and 22, 2019, let the moon guide you to the constellation Aries the Ram. When the moon moves away, try star-hopping to Uranus using guide stars within this constellation. Good luck!

Find the Teapot, and look toward the galaxy’s center

With the moon waning now, it’s time to go out in the country to witness the glorious Milky Way. Want to locate the direction to the galaxy’s center? This post points the way.

A large, 3-lobed cloud in space.

See Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula

The Trifid is another famous binocular object, visible in the direction toward the galaxy’s center. Its name means “divided into three lobes.” If you view this nebula through a telescope, you’ll see why.

Cassiopeia points to Andromeda galaxy

Leave the city behind this weekend, and go galaxy-hunting! Cassiopeia – one of the easiest constellations to identify – points the way.

Summer Triangle on August evenings

The Summer Triangle is a fixture of our skies at this time of year. Its 3 stars are Vega, Deneb and Altair.

Daytime moon.

This weekend, watch for a morning moon

The moon is now in a waning gibbous phase. Watch for it this weekend, shortly after sunrise, floating pale and beautiful against a blue sky.

Andromeda galaxy, closest large spiral

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. At 2.5 million light-years, it’s the most distant thing you can see with the eye alone. The moon is waning. It’s the right time of year. Time to start looking!