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Waning Moon passing through Scorpius, Feb. 4-6, 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 2 – 11

Under Orion is the Hare, which you may know, and under the Hare is the Dove, which you may not. February the best month for both.

Jupiter and Pleiades in early evening, early February 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 26 – February 4

Orion anchors both the Winter Triangle and the Winter Hexagon. So does the Meat Cleaver in Canis Major. Jupiter regards them from high to their right.

Moon passing Leo and Regulus in the evening sky, Jan. 26-27, 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 19 – 28

Jupiter shines high, bright, and obvious after dusk. Mercury and Mars glimmer low, dim, and elusive for their close conjunction in the dawn.

Moon passing Saturn, Jan. 13-14, 2024

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 12 – 21

The evening Moon passes Saturn, then Jupiter. Venus and Mercury march in lockstep in the eastern dawn. Capella, as always, paces Orion's bright foot. And who's winning the Sirius-Betelgeuse race?

Bright Geminid meteor over Tucson

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The Best Meteor Showers in 2024

The beloved Perseid meteor shower of the August vacation season will evade the moonlight in 2024, at least during the best early morning meteor-watching hours. The Lyrids and Geminids aren't so lucky.

Jupiter under Aries, early January 2024

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 5 – 14

How does the Sirius-Procyon balance, newly risen, tilt for you? Depends on your latitude! Meanwhile, Triangulum and Aries teeter in balance on Jupiter.

Venus, Antares, and Mercury in the eastern dawn, Dec. 30, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 29 – January 5

Scintillating Sirius rises ever earlier to scintillate in colors. The Quadrantid meteors in the Thursday-morning dark are well timed for Eastern North America. Two triangle constellations stack over Jupiter.

Moon nearly first quarter

Celestial Objects to Observe

Getting Started with Your New Telescope

How to start successfully with a new telescope — a guide to what you need to know, how to set it up, and things you can start finding with it in tonight's sky.

Gibbous Moon and Jupiter, Dec. 21-22, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 22 – 31

Christmas week this year puts the late-night Moon at the highest overhead you'll ever see it. High Jupiter lights the evening. Venus is the bright "star" lower in the east at dawn.

Crescent Moon passing Saturn at dusk, Dec. 17, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 15 – 24

The waxing Moon passes Saturn, jumps over Jupiter, then jumps the Pleiades. Sirius and Procyon rise earlier, but the Summer Triangle still hangs on.

Moon passing Venus at dawn, Dec 9-10, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 8 – 17

The best meteor shower of the year peaks late Wednesday night. And if you're not positioned to see the tiny asteroid occult Betelgeuse Monday evening, watch by livestream!

Bright Venus and much fainter Spica in early dawn, Dec. 2, 2023 dawn,

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 1 – 9

These moonless evenings open up the deep sky. For many of us the viewing is especially crisp through the low-humidity December air. The Big Dipper lies low, Cassiopeia stands high, and the Andromeda Galaxy crosses the zenith.

Moon passing Jupiter, Nov. 24-25, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 24 – December 3

This Tuesday the 28th we will see the Moon rise in twilight as far north as it possibly can. Do you know why?

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 17 – 26

The bright gibbous Moon this week passes Saturn, then Jupiter, inviting telescopes of all sizes. And as winter approaches, Orion rises earlier and earlier.

First-quarter Moon passing Saturn at quadrature, Nov. 19-20, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 10 – 19

The crescent Moon slips down into the sunrise and then up in the afterglow of sunset, guiding the way to the last stars of Sagittarius right after dark. A few days later it passes Saturn.

Catch the Moon-Venus pairing at dawn Nov 9, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 3 – 12

The Great Square, now upright, guides your way down to Fomalhaut and Diphda and, farther down, Alpha Phoenicis – a chance to add a new constellation to your life list. And plan to catch the Moon-Venus pairing in early dawn on the 9th.

Full Moon and Jupiter rising in twilight, October 28 and 29, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 27 – November 5

The full Moon on October 28th shines near full Jupiter at opposition this week. Telescopically, Jupiter this week is as big as you'll ever see it,

Moon and Saturn at dusk, Oct 23-24, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 20 – 29

The waxing Moon in the evening sky visits Saturn, then Jupiter. And as Halloween approaches, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns.

Jupiter and partially eclipsed Io, Oct. 5, 2023.. Sean Walker image.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 13 – 22

The week's big event is the Moon stepping on the Sun on Saturday the 14th. But the Moon's not done. Several days later it steps squarely on the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot, then on Herman's Cross. Show-off. Image: S&T's Sean Walker resolves Io half lit as it slips into Jupiter's shadow.

Moon, Venus and Regulus at dawn, Oct. 10, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 6 – 15

A partial/annular eclipse of the Sun washes across the Americas on Saturday the 14th. Four days before, the waning Moon and Venus pair up in early dawn with Regulus glimmering between them.

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