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.

Orion the Hunter now easy to view

By late November, 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.

Venus spectacular in morning sky

Get up early, and see why the planet Venus is named for a goddess of love and beauty. Then watch Venus – the sky’s brightest planet – as it brightens even more throughout November, 2018.

Moon and Mars close November 14-16

Enjoy the celestial spectacle in mid-November 2018, as the waxing moon and the red planet Mars couple up in the evening sky.

Moon, Saturn, Taurid meteors this weekend

The waxing moon is back in the evening sky for all of us around the globe. This weekend, it serves as your guide to the planet Saturn. Later at night, watch for the North Taurid meteor shower.

Tips for watching Taurid meteors

People have been seeing bright Taurid meteors for some weeks, but the North Taurids peak this weekend. How to watch.

Go young moon hunting this week

The moon will be very tough to see on November 8. Easier from the Southern Hemisphere than the Northern. And easier as the days pass!

Almach: Quadruple star system

With your eyes alone, Almach looks like a single star. Through a telescope, it looks like a colorful duo. But today we know Almach is really 4 stars.

Peer out our galaxy’s south window

Visualize looking from our Milky Way galaxy’s flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.

Will you see Mercury after sunset?

On November 6, Mercury appears farthest from the sun on our sky’s dome, for this evening apparition. Those at southerly latitudes can see it best, as the evening sky darkens. Northern Hemisphere? Try binoculars!