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Moon and planets before sunup February 9 to 11

Now the moon has moved in the predawn sky. You’ll find it moving past the planet Mars – toward Saturn – on the mornings of February 9 to 11, 2018.

Moon and planets before sunup February 7 to 9

Over the next several mornings – February 7 to 9, 2018 – you’ll find the moon moving past the planets Mars and Jupiter.

When is the next Blue Moon?

Blue-colored moons are rare. But folklore has defined 2 other sorts of Blue Moons, which are more commonly seen. The next one will be March 31, 2018.

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.

These 2 stars in Scorpius are harbingers of spring

Go ahead. Treat yourself to something beautiful, and hopeful: a glimpse of 2 stars that represented a Pawnee version of Groundhog Day.

Moon and Regulus on February 1

Enjoy the pairing of the moon and Regulus – brightest star in Leo the Lion – on February 1, 2018! From some places the moon will pass in front of (occult) Regulus.

February guide to the bright planets

Awesome news! Venus has been spotted after sunset. Meanwhile, 3 of the 5 bright planets – Mars, Jupiter, Saturn – are up before dawn in February 2018. Mercury is still in the sun’s glare.

January 31 is 1st of 2 Blue Moons in 2018

According to modern folklore, the second of 2 full moons in a month is called a Blue Moon. In 2018, we have 2 of those! How often it happens, here.

Super Blue Moon eclipse on January 31

The super Blue Moon happens before sunrise on January 31, 2018, for North America and Hawaii. It happens after sunset on January 31 for the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Details here.

Moon near Castor and Pollux January 29

Castor and Pollux – brightest stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins – are noticeable for being bright and close together on the sky’s dome.