Bruce McClure

Use Big Dipper to find star Capella

You’ve heard of the “pointer” stars of the Big Dipper? They point to the North Star. You can also use them to find the star Capella, aka the Goat Star.

Moon sweeps in front of the constellation Leo.

Moon and Leo from midnight until dawn

Get up before dawn to see the moon near Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, on November 19 and 20, 2019.

Moon passes in front of the constellation Gemini on November 15 and 16, 2019.

Watch for the moon and the Twins

The 2 bright stars near the moon on November 15 and 16 are Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini, legendary Twins of sky mythology.

All you need to know: The famous Orion Nebula

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.

Orion the Hunter now easy to view

At this time of year, the famous constellation Orion the Hunter is back in the evening sky! Its most recognizable feature is a short, straight line of 3 medium-bright stars.

Aldebaran is star near moon on November 13

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.

Moon in front of Taurus, radiant of North Taurid meteor shower.

Full moon subdues North Taurid meteor peak

Full moon comes on November 12, 2019, as the moon is sweeping through the constellation Taurus the Bull. This full moon comes on the peak night of the North Taurid meteor shower.

Last transit of Mercury until 2032

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.

North Taurid radiant near Pleiades cluster.

North Taurid meteors to peak in moonlight

Slow-moving North Taurids don’t exhibit a sharp peak, so meteor rates may remain fairly steady for the next several days. Too bad about the moon!

Mars and Spica cojunction at dawn November 8, 2019.

Red Mars and blue-white Spica pair up in morning sky

Watch for them in the east before sunup on the mornings November 8, 9 and 10, 2019. Cool color contrast, and, yay … Mars is back!