By Dave Fuller on 7/25/2014 8:26 PM
Every so often the stars, planets and Moon make some lovely alignments in the sky. Despite appearing small and close together, they are often far enough away from one another than photographs do not do them justice. However, their proximity in the sky naked eye often makes for a lovely sight.

Moon position August 1-5, 2014 From August 1 through August 5 2014, the Moon travels near the ecliptic - that imaginary line in the sky along which the Sun appears to travel. Because the planets of the solar system are mostly along the same plane, so do the Moon and planets. This week, the waxing crescent Moon will first stop near the first magnitude star Spica in Virgo on August 1, then split the space between Spica and Mars the folowing night of August 2nd. The following night it will have passed Mars and have Mars to the west and Saturn to the east. On August 4 the Moon...
By Dave Fuller on 5/4/2014 10:25 AM

Saturn reaches opposition on May 10, 2014. The ringed planet is a favorite of amateur astronomers and casual stargazers everywhere! So where to find this planet, and what to look for through a small telescope? 

For the next few weeks Saturn is at its largest size from our perspective. Opposition means the planet is "opposite" Earth from a line from the Sun, through Earth, and on to Saturn. That places Earth at the closest point to the second-largest gas giant, though it is still about 900,000,000 miles away. But it can still be seen without the aid of binoculars or a telescope! Not the rings of course, but the bright spot that the planet does display shines at nearly 0 magnitude - that's brighter than all but a handful of stars. 

How to find Saturn May 2014

Look to the southwest about an hour or two after sunset....

By Dave Fuller on 11/3/2013 7:18 PM
Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of November 4 thru November 10 Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring. Also, don't miss this week's Eyes on the Sky video about the Moon and THREE Comets you can see: ISON, Encke and Lovejoy.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Nov 4:  Look for one day old Moon about 20 to 40 minutes after sunset (use binoculars; see this week's Eyes on the Sky video) Look at stars in Cepheus...

The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.