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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

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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.

Moon with Jupiter and the Pleiades, Oct 1 and 2, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 29 – October 8

The Moon pairs with Jupiter, then the Pleiades, as it departs the evening sky. That leaves a dark-sky Milky Way crossing the zenith, where Cygnus the Milky Way Swan flies southward for fall.

Moon passing under Saturn in evening, Sept. 26-28, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 22 – October 1

The bright Moon steps eastwaed night by night under Altair, then Saturn, then the Great Square of Pegasus. Meanwhile, Deneb replaces Vega as the zenith star; welcome to fall.

Venus, Regulus, and Mercury in early dawn, Sept 16, 2023

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

Comet Nishimura shines at its brightest... but don't be disappointed, we warned you. Meanwhile Jupiter outdoes Saturn as an evening light, and the Little Dipper dumps water into the Big Dipper.

Waning crescent Moon passing Venus at dawn, Sept 11-12, 2023Moon

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

Comet Nishimura teases us shyly low on the dawn horizon, then low on the dusk horizon. The Milky Way arches high across the evening sky, and Saturn invites your telescope.

Waning Moon and Jupiter around midnight, Sept 3-4, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 1 – 10

Vega culminates at the zenith around the end of twilight. Arcturus and the Dipper sink through the evening. Saturn and Jupiter rule the late-night hours, and Venus shines at dawn.

Full Moon and Saturn at opposition, Aug. 30, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 25 – September 3

Saturn comes to opposition. Vega crests at the zenith, while Arcturus declines in the west. Venus shines at dawn. Go out before dawn's very first light, and you get an Orion-starring preview of the evening sky at New Year's.

Moon passing Spica at dusk, Aug 9-21, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 18 – 27

The waxing Moon passes Spica and then will occult Antares for much of North America. Saturn reaches opposition this week. The Andromegasus Dipper scoops up as summer wanes.

The Moon with Jupiter and the Pleiades, dawn of Aug 8 and 9, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 4 – 13

We're approaching the peak of the Perseid meteors. Vega claims the zenith as the Teapot claims the south. In twilight, Mars has a friendly but not very intimate date with Mercury.

Saturn and Moon at dawn, Aug. 3, 2023

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 28 – August 6

Venus turns super-interesting and then disappears. Mercury lingers behind it in twilight. So does little Mars in third place. On the other side of the sky, the Moon passes Saturn.