First of all, this blog and the image below are courtesy of a favorite astronomy site of mine, EarthSky.org. This site is downright terrific and was the inspiration for this blog, and it has graciously allowed me to use many skymaps in previous posts as well as this one. This site is an absolutely fantastic source for all sorts of information about the field of science in general. I suggest and plead that you browse the site.
A co-worker of mine pointed out a stunning celestial arrangement to me. To see this grouping of "stars," you need to wake up very early in the morning and look east before the summer sun brightens the sky too much.
I called them "stars" above because what you are actually seeing is the two brightest planets in sky basically right on top of each other. Please see the image below.
If you are an early riser, you will be lucky to be able to see this sight. And if you aren't, set your alarm clock and take advantage of the "cool" temperatures at this time of day to see a beautiful sight!
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Solar Spring is underway. Most of the U.S. will gain 15-20 minutes of daylight per week for the next three months.
Check sky conditions for Saturday morning right before sunrise when the crescent moon teams up with Mercury and Venus to form a celestial triangle.
As the moon fades to a thin crescent by Saturday, it will be a beautiful sight in the predawn sky as it moves by the planets. Check your sky conditions forecast here for Saturday, when the thin crescent moon joins Mercury and Venus.
The moon passes through the string of morning planets this week. It will be near Mars Monday at its first quarter phase. By Saturday morning, it will be a very thin crescent on the horizon near Mercury and Venus.
Jupiter, one of the brightest objects in the sky, rises alongside the moon tonight. Check out this impressive show and check the viewing conditions for your location. Also, read more about the planet and its role in the five visible morning planets.
Check out sky cover conditions for viewing Comet Catalina as it is as close to earth this weekend as it will very be. Plus, a look at Europe and Asia viewing conditions.