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

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Oppositions: Mars with full Moon Dec. 7, 2022.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 2 – 10

Mars is at opposition this week. And on opposition night December 7-8, Mars is occulted by the perfectly full Moon. Orion enters stage east earlier and earlier, the Summer Triangle sinks west, and Jupiter reigns on high.

Moon shining with Jupiter, late evening Dec. 1, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 25 – December 3

Mars is closest to Earth this week, closer and brighter than we'll see it again until 2033. By late evening it's high overhead in excellent telescopic view.

Jupiter near the Circlet of Pisces

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 18 – 26

Orion works its way up from behind the horizon after dinnertime and stands high by late evening. Big bright Jupiter and Mars dominate the sky. Jupiter is under the Great Square; Mars is in the horns of Taurus.

Moon and Mars, Nov 11-12, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 11 – 19

The Moon shines in the east with ever-brightening Mars, then it wanes down into the early morning hours to leave the evenings dark for deep-sky observing. Jupiter glares on high. Vega and its binary accompaniments await you in the west.

Moon with Jupiter, Nov 4-5, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, November 4 – 12

The Moon gets totally eclipsed this week as it walks from Jupiter to Mars. Saturn in the evening sky is at quadrature, which means an effect is under way for telescope users....

Moon crossing Sagittarius Teapot, Oct. 28-30, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

The Summer Triangle Effect, a double shadow on Jupiter, the waxing Moon photobombs the solar system's two giants, an Algol dip — plan your skywatching week.

Mercury and thin crescent Moon at dawn, Oct. 23, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 21 – 29

Jupiter remains near its maximum possible size, and Mars continues to grow. Below Jupiter shines the Frog Star. And this week, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns.

Waning Moon passing Mars in late evening, Oct 14-15, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 14 – 22

These moonless evenings open the sky for good constellation spotting and deep-sky probing. Pegasus flies high. Draco eyes Vega. And it's time for the Orionid meteors.

The bright Moon shines with Jupiter Oct. 8, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, October 7 – 15

The bright Moon this week passes Jupiter, then Mars. Deep-sky darkness starts returning to the evening sky on the Thursday the 13th. The bulky Andromegasus Dipper is on autumn display.

Crescent Moon with Antares at dusk, Sept. 30, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 30 – October 8

The Moon poses with Antares at dusk. A few nights later, lunar sunrise unveils the sharp black line of the Straight Wall in Mare Nubium for small-telescope users. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars span the evening sky. Mercury climbs onstage at dawn.

Cup-shaped dawn crescent Moon, Sept 24, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 23 – October 1

Cygnus and the Milky Way cross the zenith after the end of twilight. Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars await your scope through the night. A thin crescent Moon poses favorably at dawn — because it's cupped.

The waning Moon lines up with Mars and Aldebaran; midnight Sept 16-17, 2022

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

The late-night Moon aligns with Mars and Aldebaran. Delta Cephei pulses on high. And constellations all over the sky signal the change from summer to fall.

Moon passing under Jupiter Sept 10-11, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, September 9 – 17

As the Moon wanes from full to last quarter, passing Jupiter and Mars along the way, darkness returns to the evening sky for constellation spotters and deep-sly observers.

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