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Venus near the Pleiades, Hyades, and Aldebaran, April 11, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 7 – 16

Venus in the western twilight guides the way down to Mercury. The Pleiades pass by Venus far in its background. And can you find the head of Hydra?

Mercury below Venus in the western twilight, April 7, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 31 – April 8

Mercury emerges this week far below Venus at dusk, while Venus makes its way toward the Pleiades. Orion turns his belt horizontal for the warming weather.

Moon passing Mars in Gemini, March 27-28, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 24 – April 2

The Winter Hexagon fills the west after dark. The waxing Moon steps east across the evening sky from Venus past the Pleiades, then past Mars.

The crescent Moon hops over Venus in twilight, March 23-24, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

The crescent Moon visits Venus. The Orange Triangle turns nearly equilateral. And as evening grows late, Arcturus begins to dominate the low northeast. It's turning spring.

Venus and Jupiter in the west at dusk, March 10, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Venus and Jupiter widen in twilight. Mars, Aldebaran, and Betelgeuse form a triangle of similar orange sparkles. And there's lots to explore with optical aid off the trailing foot of Gemini, including the Toes.

Moon crossing Leo at nightfall, March 5-6, 2023

Celestial News & Events

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

Venus and Jupiter draw majestically apart in the evening twilight, 1° farther each day. Much higher, Mars makes its third pass in the last five months between the horntip stars of Taurus.

Venus and Jupiter at conjunction, March 1, 2023

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 24 – March 5

Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and the Moon, shine together in the western twilight before, during, and after their March 1st conjunction.

Crescent Moon, Venus, Jupiter in twilight, Feb. 21-22, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Venus and Jupiter put on a dramatic show in twilight, as they creep toward each other for a March 1st conjunction. The crescent Moon passes though, almost kissing Jupiter on Wednesday the 22nd.

Mars with Aldebaran and the Pleiades, mid-February 2023

Celestial News & Events

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

Comet ZTF is fading and receding into the distance. On the other hand, it's now conveniently placed high overhead in early evening in a moonless sky; the waning Moon doesn't rise until late.

Mars, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades in late twilight, Feb. 10, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

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

Comet ZTF is still near its brightest, moonlight and all. Around the Big and Little Dog Stars, trace out the stick-figure patterns of the big and little dogs. A ghostly unicorn haunts the inside of the Winter Triangle.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 27 – February 5

Comet ZTF is at its best this week — but every night moonlight encroaches on the scene until a later and later hour. Along the way, the Moon occults Mars for the southern U.S. and again forms isosceles triangles with naked-eyestars.

Crescent Moon passing Venus and Saturn in conjunction, Jan. 22-23, 2023

Celestial News & Events

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

Venus and Saturn have a close conjunction in twilight. Comet ZTF heads into its best week. And Betelgeuse overtakes Sirius ever earlier in the night.

Venus and Saturn at dusk, Jan. 13, 2023,

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 13 – 21

Saturn starts the week well above bright Venus in twilight. Watch them close in on each other toward their conjunction on the 22nd. Jupiter and fading Mars shine high. Sirius sparkles below Orion, and binocular Comet ZTF enters its best three weeks.

Moon crossing Gemini at dusk, Jan. 6-7, 2023

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 6 – 14

Saturn approaches Venus in twilight, Jupiter and Mars ride high, and Mare Orientale peeks around the edhe of the Moon. And, try exploring the many double stars in Orion's Sword.

Venus and fading Mercury after sunset, Dec. 31, 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 30 – January 7

Venus creeps up, Saturn sinks down; in three weeks the two shall meet. The Moon meets Mars Tuesday. Orion comes into his own to rule the winter, and Sirius emerges below him.

Bright Geminid meteor over Tucson

Celestial Objects to Observe

The Best Meteor Showers in 2023

The two richest, most reliable annual meteor showers, the Perseids and Geminids, are Moon-free in 2023. Others showers await you too.

Pleiades

Stargazing Basics

Getting Started with Your New Telescope

How to start out right 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.

Crescent Moon passing Venus and Mercury, Dec. 24-25, 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 23 – 31

Venus and Mercury glimmer low in the southwest in twilight. The newborn crescent Moon starts the week with them, then visits Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars as it waxes toward full.

Venus, Mercury, crescent Moon at dusk, Dec. 24, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 16 – 24

The Pleiades dipper, the House in the Hyades, Mars high but fading, M31 at the zenith, and a celestial string of holiday lights.

Moon in Gemini passing Castor and Pollux, Dec. 10-11, 2022

Celestial News & Events

This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 9 – 16

Mars, just past opposition, remains bright as it aligns between Aldebaran and Capella. Jupiter shines highest after dusk. And watch for the Geminid meteors.

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