Bruce McClure

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

The 4 stars of the Great Square of Pegasus are easy to find. Ready? Let’s star-hop!

Will you catch the moon and Saturn before sunrise February 2?

Jupiter and Venus will be very bright and up in the east before dawn. Saturn is below them – much fainter – near the moon on the morning of February 2.

Hyades star cluster: Face of Taurus

Meet the bright star Aldebaran, part of a V-shaped pattern of stars called the Hyades. This easy-to-find star cluster represents the face of Taurus the Bull.

Moon slides past 3 morning planets

The brilliant planets Jupiter and Venus – and fainter Saturn, which is also closer to the sunrise horizon – will all be passed by the moon in late January and early February, 2019.

Star-hop from Orion to Planet 9

For several years now, astronomers have been searching for a hypothetical Planet 9 in the starry sky. You can use the constellation Orion to show you approximately where they’re looking.

Moon and Spica from late night to dawn

Use the moon to guide your eye to Spica before daybreak on January 26, 2019, and look forward to this star’s all-night appearance in April.

See daytime moon after sunrise

The daytime moon will be in the west after sunrise. It’ll be pale against the blue daytime sky. Keep watching for the rest of this week, and you’ll see it higher in the west after sunrise each morning.

Moon pairs with Regulus on January 22

The waning moon – fresh from an eclipse – and the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion will rise over your eastern horizon in the hours after sunset tonight.

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on January 22

Enjoy the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the predawn/dawn sky on January 22, 2019, as these two bright worlds meet each other at a near-maximum elongation from the rising sun.

The total lunar eclipse of January 20-21

It’s a supermoon eclipse, and many are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. The January 20-21, 2019, total eclipse of the moon will be viewed from North and South America, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northern and western Africa plus the Arctic regions of the globe.

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